New Hampshire

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Major events in New Hampshire gaming history

1933

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

1934

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

1945

The Pittsfield Fair holds its first harness meeting

1947

Last year of harness racing at Pittsfield

1949

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

1958

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

1963

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

1964

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

1971

Pari-mutuel wagering on Greyhound racing is legalized

1973

Seabrook Greyhound Park opens
Hinsdale Raceway adds Greyhound racing

1975

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

1977

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

1980

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

1981

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

1985

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

1991

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

1992

Simulcasting on Greyhound racing begins

1994

Last year of harness racing at the Plymouth Fair

1995

In November, the Lottery adds Powerball to its product mix

2002

Last year of Thoroughbred racing at Rockingham Park

2003

Rockingham Park begins offering harness racing exclusively

2005

No live racing at the Greyhound track in Belmont

2006

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

2007

Last year of harness racing at the Rochester Fair

2009

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

2010

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

2012

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

2013

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

2014

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

2016

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.


Lottery

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