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Major events in West Virginia gaming history

1933

Charles Town Race Course opens in December

1937

Wheeling Downs opens with horse racing

1951

Waterford Park opens in May

1959

Shenandoah Downs opens in May

1962

Wheeling is damaged by fire and closes

1969

Wheeling reopens for racing

1975

Greyhound racing is authorized

1976

Wheeling discontinues horse racing and begins offering Greyhound racing
Shenandoah fails to hold a live race meeting

1977

Shenandoah reopens in December

1979

Last year of racing at Shenandoah

1984

In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery

1985

Tri-State Greyhound Park opens in May

1986

The Lottery begins ticket sales in January
Lotto is added in November

1987

Daily 3 and Daily 4 are introduced in February
Waterford is renamed Mountaineer Park in July

1988

Lotto America is launched in February, replacing the state’s own Lotto game

1990

The Lottery introduces Cash 25 in February
A limited number of VLTs begin operating at Mountaineer Park in June

1992

Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
The Lottery launches Travel Keno in December

1994

The Racetrack Video Lottery Act authorizes VLTs at racetracks, subject to local approval
In September, Tri-State and Wheeling begin operating VLTs, while Mountaineer expands from its limited test

1996

The Lottery launches the multi-state Daily Millions in September

1997

Charles Town begins operating VLTs in September

1998

In March, Cash 4 Life replaces Daily Millions

1999

Beginning in June, mechanical reel coin-drop games are added to the VLT system

2000

Rolldown replaces Cash 4 Life in September

2001

The Legislature approves limited video lottery in certain liquor-licenses locations; grey machines are outlawed
In December, the first VLTs begin operating at bars and clubs

2002

The Lottery adds Hot Lotto in April, replacing Rolldown

2007

The Legislature authorizes table games at the racetracks, subject to local approval
Mountaineer and Wheeling add table games in October

2008

Tri-State adds table games in August

2009

Gaming begins at the Greenbrier Resort in October

2010

Tri-State is renamed Mardi Gras
Charles Town adds table games in July

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Video lottery terminals began with a limited test at Mountaineer Park in 1990. They were expanded to all racetracks, subject to local approval, with the 1994 Racetrack Video Lottery Act. In 2001, the Limited Video Lottery Act authorized VLTs at certain liquor-licensed facilities, with a 9,000 limit to the number of machines statewide. Table games were authorized in 2007, and gaming at the Greenbrier Resort began in 2009.

Racetrack locations:
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – 2,529 VLTs, 116 tables
Mardi Gras Casino and Resort – 901 VLTs, 54 tables
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort – 1,398 VLTs, 45 tables
Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack – 1,289 VLTs, 31 tables

Other locations:
The Greenbrier Resort – 231 VLTs, 39 tables
Limited VLTs: As of June 30, 2015, there were 6,457 VLTs operating at 1,402 locations

West Virginia Lottery
900 Pennsylvania Ave
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone (304) 558-0500

 

Lottery

The West Virginia Lottery began ticket sales January 9, 1986, with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Cash 25, Daily 3, Daily 4 and Keno. The Lottery also operates VLTs and table games.

Lottery proceeds benefit education (public schools, higher education and scholarships), senior citizens (support services and Medicaid matching funds) and tourism (toll-free tourist information number and cooperative tourism advertising grants). Cities and towns also receive a share of limited video lottery proceeds for machines in their jurisdictions.

West Virginia Lottery
900 Pennsylvania Ave
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone (304) 558-0500

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are four racetracks in West Virginia – two Thoroughbred tracks and two Greyhound tracks. All tracks have casinos with slot machines and table games.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
750 Hollywood Drive
Charles Town, WV 25414

Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
1 Greyhound Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
Route 2
Chester, WV 26034

Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack
1 S. Stone Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

West Virginia Racing Commission
106 Dee Drive Suite 2
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone (304) 558-2150

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo licenses may be issued to charitable or public service organizations that are tax exempt and have been in existence in West Virginia for two years. Raffle licenses may be issued to qualified charitable and public service organizations which have been in existence in West Virginia for one year. The State Fair Board may also apply for a bingo or raffle license.
                       
State Tax Dept., Bingo/Raffle Unit
P. O. Box 1143
Charleston,  WV  25324-1143
Phone (304) 558-8513

Last updated on June 19, 2016