South Dakota

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Major events in South Dakota gaming history

1949

Black Hills Greyhound Park opens

1955

Tri-State Park opens for horse racing in September
Sodrac Greyhound Park opens

1958

Tri-State is renamed Park Jefferson

1970

A constitutional amendment allows certain forms of gaming for charitable purposes

1982

Last year of racing at Park Jefferson

1986

Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery

1988

Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing limited-stakes casinos in Deadwood

1989

Legislation authorizing video lottery terminals is passed in March and the machines begin operating in October
The first casinos open in Deadwood in November

1990

Royal River Casino-Hotel opens
Last year of live racing at Black Hills; the track would remain open for simulcasting until 1992
The legislature authorizes lotto games in February; the Lottery begins selling Lotto America in November
Off-track wagering begins

1992

Last year of live racing at Sodrac; the track would remain open for simulcasting until 1994
Grand River Casino opens in March
In April, Powerball replaces Lotto America
In November, voters reject a measure to repeal the video lottery

1993

Dakota Cash begins in April

1994

In February, the Lottery launches Tri-West Lotto with Idaho and Montana
In June, the state Supreme Court rules video lottery is unconstitutional, and the machines shut down August 13
In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing video lottery, and the games are restarted November 22

1996

The multi-state Daily Millions begins sales in September

1998

Wild Card Lotto begins in February, replacing Tri-West Lotto
    Cash 4 Life replaces Daily Millions in March

2000

In September, Rolldown replaces Cash 4 Life
    Voters again reject a measure to repeal the video lottery

2002

Hot Lotto begins in April, replacing Rolldown

2006

Voters again reject a measure to repeal the video lottery

2007

The Lottery’s first raffle game is drawn on December 31

2010

Mega Millions sales begin in May

2011

Line games for video lottery are approved in May and hit the market beginning in October

2014

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

2015

Craps, roulette and keno games are allowed in the Deadwood casinos beginning July 1

 
 

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Voters approved limited-stakes casinos in Deadwood in 1988 with the goal of “historical restoration and preservation.” Slot machines, blackjack and poker were the only allowable games until craps, roulette and keno were authorized beginning July 1, 2015. As of April 2016, there were a total of 3,201 slot machines, 60 gaming tables and 46 poker tables at casinos throughout Deadwood.

The South Dakota Lottery began the first video lottery system in the U.S. when it began operations on October 16, 1989. Originally the games were limited to variations of video poker, blackjack, keno and bingo, but line games were approved in May 2011 and added beginning in October 2011. During fiscal 2015, there were an average of 8,928 VLTs in 1,372 locations.
    
South Dakota Commission on Gaming
445 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-6050

South Dakota Lottery
P.O. Box 7107
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-5770

 

Tribal gaming

There are eight tribes in South Dakota with Class III gaming compacts and they operate nine casinos (the Rosebud Sioux tribe’s casino is just south of the state line in Nebraska and the details are shown on the Nebraska page). An additional tribe runs a bingo hall.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation – C.R.S.T. Bingo
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation – Lode Star Casino and Motel   
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe – Royal River Casino-Hotel
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation – Golden Buffalo Casino & Resort
Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation – Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation – Dakota Connection Casino, Dakota Sioux Casino
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota – Grand River Casino
Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota – Fort Randall Casino Hotel

 

Lottery

The South Dakota Lottery began ticket sales on September 30, 1987, with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and Dakota Cash. The Lottery also operates video lottery terminals.

Lottery proceeds from traditional games benefit the state’s General Fund and the Capital Construction Fund. The state’s share of net video lottery revenues benefits the Property Tax Reduction Fund.

South Dakota Lottery
P.O. Box 7107
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-5770

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

Live horse racing is limited to short meets at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Ft. Pierre and the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen. The last commercial Greyhound tracks closed in the early 1990s and the last commercial horse track closed in 1982.
 
Off-track wagering began in 1990, and there are currently four OTB locations, in Aberdeen, North Sioux City, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Commission on Gaming
445 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone (605) 773-6050

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo and pulltabs are available to qualified non-profit organizations, including religious, benevolent, fraternal and youth associations.

Special Tax Division
South Dakota Department of Revenue
445 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre,  SD  57501
Phone (605) 773-5144

 

Last updated on June 19, 2016