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Major events in Arkansas gaming history


Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs begins its modern history after an initial start in 1905


Southland Greyhound Park opens in West Memphis


The state legislature passes Act 12, which permits off-season simulcasting and allows for Sunday racing, the latter subject to public referendum


Oaklawn and Southland launch Instant Racing, pari-mutuel video games based on historical races; the system was developed by Oaklawn Park and AmTote, Inc.


Legislature authorizes electronic games of skill at the tracks, subject to local referendum


Both tracks open their casinos in November upon voter approval
Voters also approve charitable bingo and raffles


Legal charitable bingo and raffle games begin in July


Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery


The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery opens for business in September, just six months after the lottery legislation was enacted
The Lottery adds Powerball in October and Cash 3 in December


Mega Millions sales begin in January and Cash 4 begins in July
Fast Play games begin in October


The Lottery's first raffle game is drawn in April
The multi-state lottery game Decades of Dollars launches 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 Lucky for Life in January


Casinos and casino-style gaming

Electronic games of skill were authorized at the state’s two racetracks in 2005 subject to local referendum; voters in both communities approved the machines in 2006. Oaklawn Park offers more than 1,200 machines; Southland has more than 1,900. Oaklawn also offers Instant Racing, electronic video games with pari-mutuel wagering based on historical races.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Field Audit Division
Electronic Games of Skill Section
1816 W 7th St, Room 1310
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone (501) 683-4495


The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery began ticket sales in September 2009 with instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Natural State Jackpot, Lucky for Life, Cash 3, Cash 4 and Fast Play (instant play style games generated through the lottery’s terminal system).

Net proceeds are used to provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery 
124 W. Capitol, Suite 1400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone (501) 683-2000


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are two race tracks in Arkansas: Oaklawn Park hosts live Thoroughbred racing; Southland Park Racing and Gaming offers live Greyhound racing. The tracks also offer electronic games of skill and were the first in the country to introduce Instant Racing, electronic video games with pari-mutuel wagering based on historical races. Oaklawn still offers Instant Racing machines.

Oaklawn Park
P. O. Box 699
Hot Springs, AR 71902

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
1550 North Ingram Blvd. at I-40 and I-55
West Memphis, AR 72301

The tracks are regulated by the Arkansas State Racing Commission, which also keeps records on Instant Racing and electronic games of skill.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Arkansas State Racing Commission
1515 W 7th St, Suite 505
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone (501) 682-1467


Charitable gaming

Bingo and raffles were authorized in Arkansas after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November 2006. The first legal games began operating in July 2007.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Revenue Division, Miscellaneous Tax
P. O. Box 896 - Room 2340
Joel Y. Ledbetter Building
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone (501) 682-7187


Last updated on March 18, 2017