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Major events in Tennessee gaming history


The legislature authorizes bingo for charitable organizations


Pari-mutuel wagering is authorized, subject to local referendum, and the Tennessee Racing Commission is created
Memphis voters approve horse racing


In March, the state’s Supreme Court rules that bingo is unconstitutional and the games are banned; raffles are also included in the ban


Voters approve horse racing in Trousdale County


With no approved pari-mutuel licenses, the law authorizing the Tennessee Racing Commission is allowed to expire on June 30


In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery
The same amendment allows one fundraising gambling event per year for certain non-profit organizations


The Tennessee Lottery begins instant ticket sales in January
The Lottery adds Cash 3 in March, Powerball in April and Lotto 5 in August


Cash 4 sales begin in April


The Lottery introduces Hot Trax Champions, an animated auto racing monitor game, in November


In January, the Lottery launches its first raffle game, Million $ Madness


Lotto Plus debuts in March
Hot Trax Champions is discontinued in December


Mega Millions is added and Lotto Plus is discontinued in January
Tennessee Cash replaces Pick 5 (formerly Lotto 5) in October


The multi-state game Hot Lotto is introduced in May


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


The Lottery launches the multi-state game Cash4Life in October


The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. began ticket sales on January 20, 2004, with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Cash4Life, Tennessee Cash, Cash 3 and Cash 4.

Lottery proceeds provide scholarships and grants for Tennessee students attending public or private colleges or universities across the state. Lottery revenues may also be used for pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.
200 Athens Way, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone (615) 324-6500


Charitable gaming

The Tennessee Charitable Gaming Implementation Law, stemming from a 2002 constitutional amendment, allows eligible non-profit organizations to hold one annual fundraising event. Only raffles, reverse raffles, cakewalks and cakewheels may be considered. An organization wishing to offer such an event must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly each year.

Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
Tennessee Secretary of State
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 8th Floor
Williams R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-2555


Last updated on March 12, 2016