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Major events in Pennsylvania gaming history


The Meadows opens in June
Liberty Bell Park opens


Pocono Down opens in July


The legislature creates a state lottery
Pitt Park opens in October


Penn National opens in August
The Pennsylvania Lottery begins ticket sales in March
Last year of racing at Pitt Park


Commodore Downs opens in May


Keystone Racetrack opens in November


The Lottery introduces its first instant game in May


The Lottery begins sales of the Daily Number game in March


The Lottery adds Big 4 in November, which becomes a daily game


In April, ticket sales begin for Pennsylvania Lotto


Telephone account wagering is introduced The Meadows


Keystone is renamed Philadelphia Park under new ownership


In August, Super 7 is introduced
Last year of racing at Liberty Bell
Simulcasting begins at the racetracks


Last year of racing at Erie Downs (formerly Commodore Downs)


Pennsylvania Lotto is replaced by Wild Card Lotto


Off-track wagering begins


In April, the Lottery introduces Cash 5


Keystone Jackpot replaces Super 7 in November


Super 6 Lotto replaces both Wild Card Lotto and Keystone Jackpot


Powerball sales begin in June


Match 6 Lotto replaces Super 6 Lotto in January
The Race Horse Development and Gaming Act is passed, authorizing gaming at racetracks and other locations
Lucky for Life Lotto sales begin in September


Millionaire Raffle, drawn December 31, is the country’s first raffle-style lottery game


mix & match replaces Lucky for Life Lotto
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opens its slots casino in November, followed by Philadelphia Park (now Parx) in December
Harrah’s Chester Downs opens for harness racing in September


The casinos open at Harrah’s Chester Downs (January), Presque Isle (February), The Meadows (June) and Mount Airy (October)
The Lottery introduces Treasure Hunt in May
Presque Island Downs opens for Thoroughbred racing in September


Hollywood Casino at Penn National opens in February
In August, the Lottery introduces Quinto, a five-digit daily numbers game


Super 7 returns in March, replacing Match 6 Lotto
Sands Casino Resort opens in May
The Rivers Casino opens in August


Mega Millions ticket sales begin January 31
Super 7 and mix & match are discontinued in April and May, respectively
The Lottery brings back Match 6 Lotto in June
Table games are authorized and casinos begin adding them in July
SugarHouse Casino opens in September


Valley Forge Casino Resort opens in March


Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin opens in July


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


The Lottery adds the multi-state game Cash4Life in April


Casinos and casino-style gaming

The Race Horse Development and Gaming Act was passed by the legislature in 2004, authorizing slot machine gaming at racetracks and other locations. The first casino to open was Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in November 2006. Table games were added to all locations beginning in July 2010.

Racetrack Locations:
Harrah’s Philadelphia – 2,448 slots, 112 tables
Hollywood Casino at Penn National – 2,384 slots, 74 tables
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino – 3,114 slots, 82 tables
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs – 2,332 slots, 91 tables
Parx Casino and Racing – 3,480 slots, 178 tables
Presque Isle Downs Casino – 1,594 slots, 39 tables
Other Locations:
Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin– 597 slots, 27 tables
Mount Airy Resort and Casino – 1,868 slots, 81 tables
The Rivers Casino – 2,969 slots, 122 tables
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem – 3,013 slots, 237 tables
SugarHouse Casino – 1,855 slots, 136 tables
Valley Forge Casino Resort – 600 slots, 50 tables

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060
Phone (717) 346-8300



The Pennsylvania Lottery began ticket sales in March 1972. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, Match 6, Cash 5, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Treasure Hunt. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

The Pennsylvania Lottery provides funding for five main programs that serve older Pennsylvanians: property tax and rent rebates, area agencies on aging and senior centers, free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; PACE/PACENET low-cost prescription drug programs; and long-term living services.

Pennsylvania Lottery
1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone (717) 702-8000


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently six racetracks operating in the state. Off-track betting began in 1990.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Parx Racing
2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020

Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Hwy.
Erie, PA 16509

Pennsylvania Thoroughbred and Harness Racing Commissions
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone (717) 787-1942


Charitable gaming

Bingo and charitable games are regulated at the county level.


Last updated on March 18, 2017