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Major events in Minnesota gaming history


Bingo is legalized for non-profit organizations


Paddlewheels, tipboards and raffles are authorized for non-profits


Pulltabs are added to the list of approved games for non-profits


Voters approve pari-mutuel wagering
Little Six Bingo Palace opens in October


The Charitable Gambling Control Board is created
Jackpot Junction Bingo opens


Canterbury Park opens as Canterbury Downs


Fond du Luth bingo parlor opens
Fortune Bay high-stakes bingo opens with electronic bingo


Voters approve a state lottery
Jackpot Junction adds slot machines and table games to become the state’s first casino


Compacts are signed with seven tribes
Red Lake Casino and Bingo opens


Two more tribal-state compacts are signed
The Lottery begins operations in April with instant tickets
Daily 3 and Lotto*Minnesota are added to the Lottery’s lineup in August


The legislature passes a bill for off-track wagering
Grand Casino Mille Lacs opens


The state supreme court declares OTB and telephone wagering unconstitutional
The Mystic Lake Casino and Grand Casino Hinckley open
The Lottery replaces Lotto*Minnesota with Powerball


Canterbury is closed for live racing and simulcasting


Canterbury reopens with simulcasting only
Voters reject a constitutional amendment authorizing off-track wagering


Canterbury reopens for live racing under new ownership


Fortune Bay Resort Casino opens


The legislature authorizes card clubs at racetracks


Canterbury Park opens a card room in April
White Oak Casino opens in August


Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls opens


Little Six Casino opens in December


Running Aces Harness Park opens in April
Running Aces opens a card room in July


The Lottery begins subscription sales via the Internet in November


State budget impasse shuts down lottery, racetrack and racetrack casino operations from July 1 through July 20


Electronic versions of pulltabs and bingo are approved for charitable organizations, effective July 1
The first electronic pulltabs are offered in September


The Lottery adds single-ticket purchase sales to its Internet sales program in September


In February, the Lottery launches electronic instant tickets, the first U.S. lottery to do so
The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December


The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in January
The legislature directs the Lottery to end online game sales, and the games are shut down at the end of August


Online gaming

In November 2010, the Minnesota Lottery began offering in-state players the ability to purchase subscriptions for all of its draw-based games through the Lottery's website. The system was relaunched in September 2013 with the added ability to purchase single-game tickets. In February 2014, electronic instant games were added, the first in the country. In the spring of 2015, the legislature directed the Lottery to end Internet ticket sales, and online access was shut down at the end of August, 2015.


Casinos and casino-style gaming

Minnesota has card club casinos at its two racetracks. Authorized games include Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud, Blackjack, Let-It-Ride, 3-Card Poker, 4-Card Poker, EZ-Baccarat, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Texas Hold’em Champion Poker. The Minnesota Racing Commission oversees card room activities at the two tracks.

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club – 50 tables
Running Aces Harness Park – 50 tables


Tribal gaming

There are tribal-state gaming compacts with eleven tribes in Minnesota and they operate a total of 18 casinos.

Bois Forte Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Fond du Lac Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Black Bear Casino Resort, Fond du Luth Casino
Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
Leech Lake Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Northern Lights Casino, Palace Casino, White Oak Casino
Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota – Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
Mille Lacs Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Grand Casino Hinckley, Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians – Seven Clans Casino Red Lake, Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls, Seven Clans Casino Warroad
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota – Little Six Casino, Mystic Lake Casino
Upper Sioux Community – Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota – Shooting Star Casino



The Minnesota State Lottery began operations on April 17, 1990. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Gopher 5, Northstar Cash, All or Nothing, Lucky for Life, Daily 3 and Print-N-Play. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery proceeds benefit the state’s General Fund to support services such as K-12 education, health care, aid to local governments and public safety; the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to finance projects that preserve, restore and enhance the state's natural resources; the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund.

Minnesota State Lottery
2645 Long Lake Road
Roseville, MN  55113
Phone (651) 635-8273


Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering was approved by voters in 1982. There are two racetracks in the state and each also offers a card room.

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379

Running Aces Harness Park
15201 Zurich Street NE
Columbus MN 55025-7908

The Minnesota Racing Commission has offices at both racetracks.


Charitable gaming

Minnesota has a well-established charitable gaming industry, with bingo first legalized in 1945. Qualified non-profit organizations are authorized to offer bingo, pulltabs, raffles, tipboards and paddlewheels (wheels of fortune). The legislature approved electronic pulltabs and bingo in 2012; the first games were offered in September.

Minnesota Gambling Control Board
1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone (651) 639-4000


Last updated on June 19, 2016