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Major events in New Hampshire gaming history


Pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing is legalized
Rockingham Park opens for both Thoroughbred and harness racing


Last harness racing at Rockingham Park until 1958 while Thoroughbred racing continues
The Rochester Fair holds its first harness meeting


The Pittsfield Fair holds its first harness meeting


Last year of harness racing at Pittsfield


Bingo and Lucky 7 (pulltab) tickets are authorized for charitable organizations


Rockingham Park again adds harness racing
Hinsdale Raceway opens for harness racing


 Legislators create the country’s first lottery with the New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission


The Lottery begins ticket sales in March after voters approve local option elections in 198 of 211 communities


Pari-mutuel wagering on Greyhound racing is legalized


Seabrook Greyhound Park opens
Hinsdale Raceway adds Greyhound racing


Lakes Region Greyhound (Belmont) opens
The Lottery begins selling instant tickets


Games of chance for charitable purposes are legalized
The Lottery introduces Pick3 and Pick 4 daily games


Last year of harness racing at Rockingham Park until 2003 while Thoroughbred racing continues


Lakes Region reopens after failing to hold a live meeting in 1979 and 1980


Last year of harness racing at Hindsale Raceway as it switches to Greyhound racing exclusively
In April, the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Lotteries form the Tri-State Lotto Compact, the first multi-state lottery group in the U.S.
Tri-State Megabucks is launched in September


Simulcasting on horse racing begins
Harness racing begins at the Plymouth Fair


Simulcasting on Greyhound racing begins


Last year of harness racing at the Plymouth Fair


In November, the Lottery adds Powerball to its product mix


Last year of Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park


Rockingham Park begins offering harness racing exclusively


No live racing at the Greyhound track in Belmont


Racing resumes at The Lodge at Belmont (formerly Lakes Region/Berenson’s Belmont)


Last year of harness racing at the Rochester Fair


Last year of live greyhound racing in New Hampshire as the sport is banned; simulcasting continues
Last year of live horse racing as funding is eliminated from the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission; simulcasting continues


The Lodge at Belmont closes its doors for good at the end of the year
The Lottery adds Mega Millions to its lineup in January


In March, the Lottery replaces Weekly Grand with Lucky For Life, a New England regional game


In May, the Lottery launches Gimme 5, a Tri-State game with Maine and Vermont


The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December


Rockingham Park shuts down all operations on August 31

Online gaming

The New Hampshire Lottery offers in-state players the ability to purchase subscriptions for certain draw games through its website. The Web-based service allows the use of credit cards.


The New Hampshire Lottery was the first modern lottery in the United States when ticket sales began in March 1964. Initially, drawings were based on the results of horse races. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Tri-State Megabucks Plus, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Lucky For Life, Gimme 5, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Fast Play games (instant play style games played through the lottery terminals).

Lottery proceeds are dedicated to education funding.

New Hampshire Lottery Commission
P.O. Box 1208
Concord, NH 03302-1208
Phone (603) 271-3391

Pari-mutuel facilities

There has been no live racing in New Hampshire since 2009. Live Greyhound racing was banned, and although horse racing is still allowed, funding was removed from the Commission for the necessary employees to provide oversight and regulation of live racing. After Rockingham Park closed for good on August 31, 2016, only Seabrook remains as a simulcast facility, also offering bingo, poker and other games of chance in conjunction with local charities.

Seabrook Park
319 New Zealand Road
Seabrook, NH 03874

NH Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission
57 Regional Drive, Unit 3
Concord, NH 03301-8518
Phone (603) 271-2158

Charitable gaming

Approved charitable organizations may offer bingo, Lucky 7 tickets (pulltabs) and various games of chance, including poker, blackjack and roulette.

NH Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission
57 Regional Drive, Unit 3
Concord, NH 03301-8518
Phone (603) 271-2158

Last updated on September 9, 2016