Wisconsin

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Major events in Wisconsin gaming history

1973

A constitutional amendment allows charitable bingo

1977

Raffles are added as approved charitable games

1982

Menominee Bingo opens

1987

Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery
A constitutional amendment authorizes pari-mutuel wagering on horse, Greyhound and snowmobile racing
Menominee Bingo expands into Menominee Casino Resort

1988

The Lottery begins ticket sales in September

1989

Lotto America is launched in August

1990

Wisconsin Dells Greyhound Park opens in April, Geneva Lakes Kennel Club in May, Dairyland Greyhound Park in June and Fox Valley Greyhound Park in August

1991

SuperCash is introduced in February
Potawatomi Bingo Casino opens in March
St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Park opens in June

1992

Class III gaming compacts are signed with all 11 Wisconsin tribes
The Wisconsin Gaming Commission is formed
Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
North Star Mohican Casino Resort opens in May
The Lottery launches Megabucks in June and Pick 3 in September

1993

In April, voters approved a constitutional amendment confirming that all forms of non-tribal gambling are prohibited except bingo, raffles, on-track pari-mutuel betting and the lottery
The Lottery launches Money Game 4 in September
Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa opens in October (as Rainbow Casino)
Last year of racing at Fox Valley Greyhound

1995

Full-card simulcasting at the racetracks is authorized

1996

The Gaming Board replaces the Gaming Commission
Last year of racing at Wisconsin Dells
Money Game 4 ends in August
The Lottery adds the multi-state Daily Millions in September

1997

Daily Pick 4 sales begin in September
In October, the Gaming Board is eliminated with responsibilities transferred to the Division of Gaming in the Department of Administration

1998

Cash 4 Life replaces Daily Millions

2000

Money Roll replaces Cash 4 Life

2001

Last year of racing at St. Croix Meadows

2002

CityPicks replaces Money Roll

2003

Badger 5 replaces CityPicks in February

2005

Last year of live racing at Geneva Lakes; simulcasting continues until April 1, 2006

2008

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg opens in November

2009

 Last year of racing at Dairyland, and pari-mutuel wagering in the state ends

2010

Mega Millions is added in January

 

 

Tribal gaming

There are 11 tribes in Wisconsin with Class III gaming compacts and they operate 26 gaming facilities.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians – Bad River Lodge & Casino
Forest County Potawatomi Community – Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin – Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls, Madison, Nekoosa, Tomah (Whitetail Crossing Casino), Wisconsin Dells and Wittenberg
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – Grindstone Creek Casino, LCO Casino, Lodge and Convention Center
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians – Lake of the Torches Bingo and Casino
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin – Menominee Casino Resort, Thunderbird C-Store and Mini-Casino
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin – Highway 54 Casino, IMAC Casino/Bingo, Mason Street Casino, Oneida Casino, Oneida One-Stop Packerland, Oneida Travel Center
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – Legendary Waters Resort and Casino
Sokaogon Chippewa Community – Mole Lake Casino Lodge
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – St. Croix Casinos in Danbury, Hertel and Turtle Lake
Stockbridge-Munsee Community – North Star Mohican Casino Resort

Division of Gaming, Department of Administration
3319 West Beltline Highway, First Floor
Madison, WI 53713
Phone (608) 270-2555

 

Lottery

The Wisconsin Lottery began ticket sales in September 1988 with an instant game and a pulltab game. The current game offerings include instant tickets, pulltabs, Powerball, Mega Millions, Wisconsin Megabucks, SuperCash, Badger 5, 5 Card Cash, Pick 3 and Pick 4. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery proceeds provide property tax relief for Wisconsin residents.

Wisconsin Lottery
2135 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713
Phone (608) 261-8800

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There has been no racing or pari-mutuel wagering in Wisconsin since the last of five Greyhound tracks closed at the end of 2009.

Regulation was the responsibility of the Division of Gaming, Wisconsin Department of Administration.

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo and raffles may be conducted by any bona fide local religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veteran's organization and to any organization to which contributions are deductible for state and federal income tax purposes.

Division of Gaming, Department of Administration
3319 West Beltline Highway, First Floor
Madison, WI  53713
Phone (608) 270-2555

 

Last updated on April 2, 2016