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Major events in Indiana gaming history

1988

Voters approve a state lottery

1989

Pari-mutuel wagering is authorized
The Hoosier Lottery begins ticket sales in October

1990

The Lottery’s first draw game, Lotto Cash, begins in April

1992

In June, the Department of Revenue begins regulating charitable gaming

1993

The Riverboat Gambling Act becomes effective July 1

1994

Hoosier Park is the state’s first racetrack, opening for harness racing on September 1

1995

Hoosier Park adds Thoroughbred racing and opens three OTB facilities
Casino Aztar is the first riverboat casino to open in December

1996

The Majestic Star, Trump Casino (now Majestic Star II) and Empress Casino (now Horseshoe Hammond) open in June
The Grand Victoria Casino opens in October

1997

The Showboat Mardi Gras Casino (now Ameristar East Chicago) opens in April
The Blue Chip Casino opens in August

1998

Caesars Indiana (now Horseshoe Southern Indiana) opens in November

2000

The Belterra Resort opens in October

2002

Indiana Downs opens for harness racing in December

2003

Indiana Downs adds Thoroughbred racing and opens one OTB facility

2004

A second OTB facility is opened by Indiana Downs

2006

Effective July 1, regulation of charitable gaming is transferred from the Department of Revenue to the Indiana Gaming Commission

2007

The legislature authorizes slot machines at racetracks

2008

Hoosier Park opens its casino on May 29
Indiana Live at Indiana Downs opens its casino on June 6

2012

Indiana Downs closes its Evansville OTB facility in June
The Hoosier Lottery signs an integrated services agreement with GTECH Indiana in October, outsourcing sales and marketing functions

2013

Casino Aztar is renamed Tropicana Evansville in June

2014

The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

2015

The OTB facility in Merrillville closes in March

2016

The Lottery adds Cash4Life in September

 

Casinos and casino-style gaming

The Riverboat Gambling Act became effective July 1, 1993, authorizing not more than 11 riverboat licenses. Casino Aztar was the first casino to open in December 1995.

Locations:
Ameristar Casino, East Chicago – 1,722 slots, 72 tables
Belterra Resort, Switzerland County – 1,163 slots, 44 tables
Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City – 1,705 slots, 50 tables
French Lick Resort Casino, French Lick – 955 slots, 37 tables
Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg – 1,728 slots, 81 tables
Horseshoe Hammond – 2,542 slots, 153 tables
Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrison County – 1,639 slots, 103 tables
Majestic Star, Gary – 870 slots, 51 tables
Majestic Star II, Gary – 830 slots, 26 tables
Rising Star, Rising Sun– 929 slots, 29 tables
Tropicana Evansville – 1,091 slots, 39 tables

 

In 2007, legislation authorizing slot machines at racetracks was enacted. Hoosier Park opened its slot casino on May 29, 2008, and Indiana Live (at Indiana Downs) opened its casino on June 6, 2008. The latter was renamed Indiana Grand Casino in May 2012.

Hoosier Park – 1,884 slots
Indiana Grand Casino at Indiana Downs – 2,097 slots
 

Indiana Gaming Commission
East Tower, Suite 1600
101 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-0046
Fax (317) 233-0047

 

Lottery

The Hoosier Lottery began ticket sales in October 1989. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hoosier Lotto, Cash4Life, Quick Draw, Cash 5, Daily 3, Daily 4 and Fast Play (instant play style games generated through the lottery’s terminal system). EZ Match is an instant-win feature available as an add-on game to Cash 5, Quick Draw, Daily 3 and Daily 4.

Sales and marketing operations were outsourced with an integrated services agreement signed in October 2012.

Lottery proceeds are allocated to the Build Indiana Fund, the Teachers’ Retirement Fund and the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund.

Hoosier Lottery
1302 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone (317) 264-4800

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently two racetracks and three off-track betting locations in Indiana (in Clarksville, Ft Wayne and Indianapolis).

Hoosier Park
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, IN 46160

Indiana Downs
4425 N CR 200 W
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Indiana Horse Racing Commission
ISTA Center, Suite 530
150 W. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-3119

 

Charitable gaming

Approved events include bingo, charity game night (dice, card, wheel games, etc.), door prizes, festival guessing games, raffles, water races, and the sale of pulltabs, punchboards and tip boards.

Qualified organizations include state educational institutions and bona fide political, religious, educational, senior citizens, veterans and civic organizations.

Indiana Gaming Commission
East Tower, Suite 1600
101 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-0046
Fax (317) 233-0047

 

Last updated on March 18, 2017