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Major events in North Dakota gaming history


A constitutional amendment legalizes certain forms of charitable gaming


A temporary charitable gaming law allows bingo, raffles, pulltabs, jars and punchboards


A second temporary law adds sports pools on professional sports for charitable organizations


Formal charitable gaming legislation is passed, and twenty-one is added to the list of approved games


Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized
Draw and stud poker are added to the list of approved charitable games


The first pari-mutuel races are held and off-track betting is legalized
Calcuttas are added to the charitable game mix
The use of video gaming devices for allowable charitable games is authorized, but then rejected by voters in a special December election


Paddlewheels are added to the list of approved charitable games


The first tribal-state gaming compacts are signed
The Spirit Lake tribe opens a small casino in St. Michael


Sky Dancer Casino opens


The Spirit Lake tribe opens a second small casino in Tokio


Spirit Lake Casino and Resort opens in June, and the tribe closes its two smaller casinos


Voters approve a constitutional amendment allowing the state to participate in multi-state lottery games


The North Dakota Horse Park opens


The Lottery begins ticket sales in March with Powerball
The Lottery adds Hot Lotto in June and Wild Card 2 in September


2x2 is added to the Lottery’s lineup in February


Mega Millions sales begin January 31
The North Dakota Horse Park suspends live racing


Racing resumes at North Dakota Horse Park


The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in February

Online gaming

The North Dakota Lottery offers in-state players the ability to purchase subscriptions through its website. The Web-based service began in December 2005 allows the use of credit cards in addition to bank transfers.

Tribal gaming

There are five tribes in North Dakota with Class III gaming compacts and they operate six casinos in the state.

Spirit Lake Tribe – Spirit Lake Casino & Resort
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota – Prairie Knights Casino and Resort
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation – 4 Bears Casino and Lodge
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians – Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino, Turtle Mountain Mini Casino
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation (South Dakota) – Dakota Magic Casino and Hotel

The Attorney General’s Office Gaming Division ensures compliance of tribal-state gaming compacts.


The North Dakota Lottery began ticket sales on March 25, 2004, with Powerball. Only multi-state lottery games are allowed by law. The current game offerings include Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life and 2x2.

Lottery proceeds support the state’s general fund.

North Dakota Lottery
1050 E. Interstate Ave., Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503-5574
Phone (701) 328-1574


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are two racetracks in North Dakota, including the North Dakota Horse Park, which resumed live racing in 2012 after a two-year break. Off-track betting began in 1990, and there are currently five OTB locations. In addition, several companies offer online account betting.

Chippewa Downs
Hwy 5 West
Belcourt, ND 58316

North Dakota Horse Park
5180 19th Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102

North Dakota Racing Commission                    
500 N 9th Street
Bismarck, ND 58501-4509
Phone (701) 328-4290


Charitable gaming

Bona fide nonprofit veterans’, charitable, educational, religious or fraternal organizations, civic and service clubs, and other public-spirited organizations may conduct games of chance when the entire net proceeds of the games are devoted to educational, patriotic, fraternal, religious or other public-spirited use. Depending upon the type of organization, allowable games include raffles, bingo, calcuttas, pulltabs, punchboards, sports pools, paddlewheels, twenty-one, and poker.

Gaming Division
North Dakota Attorney General
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 125
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone (701) 328-4848

Last updated on June 19, 2016