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Major events in Missouri gaming history


Charitable bingo is legalized


Voters approve a state lottery and pari-mutuel wagering
The Eastern Shawnee tribe opens its first bingo hall


The Lottery begins ticket sales on January 20
Pari-mutuel horse racing begins at the State Fair in Sedalia
The Lottery adds Missouri’s Lotto to its lineup


The Lottery launches Pick 3 in February


Last year of horse racing in Missouri
The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lotto America in February


In May, pulltabs are added to the Lottery’s game mix


Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing riverboat casinos 


In May, Ameristar St. Charles and the President are the first riverboat casinos to open
Argosy Casino Riverside and Terribles St. Joseph open in June
In September, Harrah’s opens its casino in North Kansas City


Lady Luck Casino opens in April


Isle of Capri Kansas City opens in October


Ameristar Kansas City and Harrah’s Maryland Heights open in January and May, respectively


Voters approve raffles and sweepstakes for charitable organizations


Terribles La Grange and Isle of Capri Boonville open in July and December, respectively


The Lottery launches Club Keno in May


Bordertown Casino and Bingo opens


Lumiere Place opens in December


The Outpost Casino opens in November


The Lottery discontinues the sale of pulltabs


River City Casino opens in March
President Casino ceases operations in June


Bordertown casino closes in September, replaced by the Indigo Sky Casino across the border in Oklahoma
Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau opens in October as the final casino authorized by law
In November, Harrah's St. Louis casino is purchased by Penn National and renamed Hollywood St. Louis


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

Casinos and casino-style gaming

In 1992, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing riverboat casinos on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The first casinos opened in mid-1994. There is a maximum of 13 casinos allowed by law; the 13th opened in October 2012 (Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau).

Ameristar St. Charles – 2,392 slots, 69 tables
Ameristar Kansas City – 2,122 slots, 70 tables
Argosy Casino, Riverside – 1,512 slots, 37 tables
Harrah’s Casino North Kansas City – 1,294 slots, 61 tables
Hollywood Casino St. Louis – 2,133 slots, 63 tables
Isle of Capri Boonville – 914 slots, 20 tables
Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau – 929 slots, 26 tables
Isle of Capri Kansas City – 975 slots, 17 tables
Lady Luck Casino, Caruthersville – 553 slots, 9 tables
Lumiere Place, St. Louis – 1,507 slots, 70 tables
Mark Twain Casino, LaGrange – 605 slots, 12 tables
River City Casino, St. Louis – 1,928 slots, 52 tables
St. Jo Frontier Casino, St. Joseph – 509 slots, 10 tables

Missouri Gaming Commission
3417 Knipp Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone (573) 526-4080


Tribal gaming

One Missouri-based tribe has a Class III gaming compact and it operates two gaming facilities across the state border in Oklahoma.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma – Indigo Sky Casino, Outpost Casino



The Missouri Lottery began operations on January 20, 1986, with an instant game. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto, Show Me Cash, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Club Keno. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Since 1992, lottery proceeds benefit public education, with the Missouri Legislature determining how funds will be allocated each year. Lottery funds help support programs including the A+ program, Virtual Schools, Special Education Excess Costs, construction of college and university buildings, library acquisitions and educational scholarships.

Missouri Lottery
P.O. Box 1603
1823 Southridge Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109-1603
Phone (573) 751-4050
Fax (573) 751-5188


Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Missouri, but no commercial racetracks have ever been constructed. Horse racing at the State Fair in Sedalia took place from 1986 to 1988.


Charitable gaming

Charitable gaming includes licensed bingo and other associated games such as pulltabs, merchandise coin boards, and other no charge promotional events. Bingo was legalized in 1980 and came under the Missouri Gaming Commission on July 1, 1994. The operation of bingo and the other associated games is restricted to qualified licensed, religious, charitable, fraternal, veteran, and service organizations. The Charitable Games Division also licenses hall providers, suppliers and manufacturers of bingo products.

Charitable Games Division
Missouri Gaming Commission
3417 Knipp Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone (573) 526-4080


Last updated on December 11, 2016