Connecticut

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Major events in Connecticut gaming history

1939

Bingo is legalized for charitable and non-profit organizations

1955

Bazaars and raffles are authorized

1972

The Connecticut Lottery begins ticket sales
Charities and non-profit organizations are allowed to operate casino nights

1975

The Lottery offers its first scratch instant ticket

1976

Plainfield Greyhound, Bridgeport Jai Alai, Hartford Jai Alai and off-track betting outlets all open for business

1977

Milford Jai Alai opens

1979

In October, the New Haven Teletrack opens, the country's first pari-mutuel teletheater

1983

The Lottery launches Lotto

1986

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe opens a high-stakes bingo hall

1987

Sealed tickets are authorized for charities and non-profits

1991

A tribal-state gaming compact is signed with the Mashantucket Pequots

1992

Foxwoods adds table games to its bingo hall

1993

Foxwoods slot machine operations begin in January
The off-track betting system is privatized and sold to Autotote Enterprises

1995

Shoreline Star becomes a Greyhound track when the Bridgeport Jai Alai fronton is converted
Hartford Jai Alai closes in September; it would remain an OTB facility until 2002

1996

Mohegan Sun opens in October

2001

Milford Jai Alai closes in December
Mohegan Sun opens Casino of the Sky addition

2003

The law authorizing casino nights for non-profits is repealed in January

2004

Foxwoods opens Rainmaker Casino and Hard Rock Café additions

2005

Plainfield Greyhound closes in May
Shoreline Star Greyhound closes in September; it remains an OTB facility

2008

Mohegan Sun opens Casino of the Wind addition
Foxwoods opens MGM Grand at Foxwoods

2012

Lucky For Life, a New England regional lottery game, launches in March

2016

The Lottery launches keno in April


Tribal gaming

Connecticut is home to two of the largest casinos in the world. Foxwoods currently has about 4,300 slot machines and more than 300 table games including poker, while Mohegan Sun has about 5,000 slots and some 300 table games including poker.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut  – Mohegan Sun Casino

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509
 

 

Lottery

The Connecticut Lottery began operations in 1972. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto, Cash 5, Lucky Links, Lucky For Life, Keno, Play 3 and Play 4. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery profits are sent to the state’s General Fund to use as needed.

Connecticut Lottery Corp.
777 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone ((860) 713-2000
Fax (860) 713-2805
 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are no remaining live pari-mutuel events in Connecticut, as the last Greyhound track closed in 2005. Sportech Venues, Inc. (previously known as Autotote Enterprises) runs 15 off-track wagering facilities plus an account wagering network.

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo, sealed tickets, raffles, bazaars and sheet tickets are currently authorized as fundraising events for qualified non-profit organizations.

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509

 

Last updated on March 17, 2017