Rhode Island

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Major events in Rhode Island gaming history

1934

Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized
Narragansett Park opens for horse racing in August

1947

Lincoln Park opens for horse racing

1973

Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery

1974

The Lottery begins tickets sales in May

1976

The Lottery introduces a daily numbers game in February
The first instant lottery tickets go on sale in May
Last year of horse racing at Lincoln Park
Newport Jai Alai opens

1977

Lincoln Park converts to Greyhound racing

1978

Last year of horse racing at Narragansett
In February, the Lottery introduces computerized (online) games for the first time

1981

The Lottery launches 4/40, its first lotto game

1987

The Lottery is a founding member of the Multi-State Lottery Association

1988

The first MUSL game, Lotto America, is launched

1991

Simulcasting begins at the two pari-mutuel facilities

1992

Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
The Lottery introduces fast-draw keno in September
Video lottery terminals at Lincoln and Newport are authorized and begin operating in September

1993

The General Assembly removes Las Vegas nights from the charitable gaming law

1994

Voters reject a casino gambling proposal

2003

Last year of jai alai at Newport Grand; simulcasting continues

2005

Lincoln Park is sold and is ultimately renamed Twin River under new ownership

2009

Last year of live Greyhound racing at Twin River; simulcasting continues

2010

The Lottery introduces Mega Millions in January

2012

In March, the Lottery launches Lucky For Life, a New England regional game
The Lottery launches the monitor game bingo in October
In November, voters approve table games at Twin River

2013

Table games debut at Twin River on June 19

2014

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


Casinos and casino-style gaming

Video lottery terminals at the state’s two pari-mutuel facilities were legalized by the General Assembly in 1992 and began operating in September of that year. Table games were approved at Twin River only in November 2012, and launched ahead of schedule on June 19, 2013. In November 2016, voters approved a full casino in Tiverton, which would replace the limited casino at Newport Grand.

Locations:
Newport Grand – 1,097 video lottery terminals
Twin River – 4,219 video lottery terminals, 108 gaming tables

Rhode Island Lottery
1425 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 463-6500
 

Lottery

The Rhode Island Lottery began ticket sales with a weekly draw game in May 1974. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Daily Numbers, Wild Money, Lucky For Life, Bingo and Keno. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games and runs the video lottery program at the two pari-mutuel facilities.

Lottery proceeds benefit the state general fund.

Rhode Island Lottery
1425 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 463-6500
 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are two pari-mutuel facilities in Rhode Island, but they only offer simulcasting along with VLTs. Live jai alai was discontinued at Newport in 2003 and live Greyhound racing ended at Twin River in 2009.

Newport Grand
150 Admiral Kalbfus Road
Newport, RI 02840

Twin River
100 Twin River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Division of Racing and Athletics
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 462-9500
 

Charitable gaming

Qualified charitable, religious and other non-profit organizations may conduct bingo, raffles and bazaars. These activities are overseen by the Rhode Island State Police.

These organizations may also sell pulltab tickets, which are offered exclusively by the Rhode Island Lottery.

Rhode Island State Police
Charitable Gaming Unit
311 Danielson Pike
Scituate, RI 02857
Phone (401) 444-1147
 

Last updated on March 18, 2017