Idaho

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Major events in Idaho gaming history

1957

Horse racing legislation passes but is vetoed by the Governor

1963

In March, the legislature passes the Idaho Horse Racing Act to authorize and regulate horse racing

1964

The first pari-mutuel races in Idaho are conducted at the Gem County Fairgrounds
Horse racing begins at the Eastern Idaho State Fair

1965

Horse racing begins at the North Idaho Fair

1970

Les Bois Park opens in May

1983

Last year of horse racing at the North Idaho Fair

1986

Voters approve an initiative authorizing a state lottery

1987

The Horse Racing Act is amended to allow Greyhound racing

1988

After the first vote was declared unconstitutional, voters approve a lottery for the second time after the legislature sent a constitutional amendment to a public vote
Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park opens

1989

The Lottery sells its first tickets in July

1990

In February, the Lottery launches the multistate game Lotto America
Simulcasting is authorized
The Fort Hall Casino opens in May

1993

The Couer d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel opens

1995

Last year of racing at Coeur d’Alene Greyhound

1996

The Kootenai Casino opens

2003

Advance deposit wagering is authorized

2008

Last year of racing at Les Bois Park
The Sage Hill Casino opens in March

2011

New operators purchase a 5-year lease of Les Bois Park from Ada County and are licensed for 15 race days beginning in July
The Lottery introduces Weekly Grand in August

2015

The Lottery launches the multi-state game Lucky for Life in January

2016

Les Bois Park closes again in March

2017

The Lottery launches Idaho Cash in February

              
Tribal gaming

Four tribes have Class III gaming compacts with the State of Idaho, and they operate seven casinos.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation – Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort/Hotel
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho – Kootenai River Inn and Casino
Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho – Clearwater River Casino, It’Se Ye-Ye Casino
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho – Bannock Peak Casino, Fort Hall Casino, Sage Hill Casino

 

Lottery

The Idaho Lottery began operations in 1989. The current game offerings include instant tickets, pulltabs, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Lucky for Life, Idaho Cash, Pick 3, Weekly Grand and InstaPlay (instant games played through the gaming system). The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games and paperless scratch and pulltabs played through player-operated video displays (Tap Scratch and TouchTabs, respectively).

Historically, Lottery profits have benefitted Idaho’s Public School Building Account and the Permanent Building Fund. A statute change in 2009, which sunsets in 2014, sets aside a portion of Lottery funds above the fiscal year 2008 funding level of $34 million for the Bond Levy Equalization Fund.
 
Idaho Lottery
P.O. Box 6537
Boise, ID 83707-6537
Phone (208) 334-2600

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering was legalized in 1963. Les Bois Park at the Expo Idaho Fairgrounds has long been the major track in the state, and it reopened in 2011 for the first time since 2008; it closed again in March 2016. There are also several fair meetings throughout the state, the largest being held at Sandy Downs and Pocatello Downs. Many of the fair facilities listed below conduct sporadic operations and may not offer a live meet in any given season.

Les Bois Park (currently closed)
5610 Glenwood
Boise, ID 83714

Pocatello Downs
Bannock County Fairgrounds
P.O. Box 248
Pocatello, ID  83204

Ida Racing at Sandy Downs
P.O. Box 465
Rigby, ID  83442

Cassia County Fair           
P.O. Box 1222                 
Burley, ID 83318

Eastern Idaho Fair Board
P.O. Box 250
Blackfoot, ID  83221

Gem County Fair Board                    
P.O. Box 463                            
Emmett, ID  83617

Jerome Racing
200 N. Fir
Jerome, ID 83338

Oneida County Fairboard
P. O. Box 13
Malad, ID  83252
    
Rupert Downs
P.O. Box 153
Rupert, ID  83350


Idaho State Racing Commission
700 S. Stratford Drive
Meridian, ID 83642  
Phone (208) 884-7080
Fax (208) 884-7090
 

Charitable gaming

Only bingo and raffles are legal in Idaho, and they may be conducted by charitable or non-profit organizations.

Idaho Lottery
P.O. Box 6537
Boise, ID 83707-6537
Phone (208) 334-2600

 

Last updated on March 18, 2017