Gambling in Connecticut

Lottery: 18
Parimutuel: 18
Casinos: 21:
Charity Bingo & Pull Tabs: 18

Gambling began as a legal form of entertainment in Connecticut in 1971. Gambling got it’s start here with offtrack betting & horse-track betting. Dog racing soon followed along with jai alai betting in 1972. Until 1992 other forms of gambling remained illegal. The first type of casino gambling allowed within the state was marked when a Native American tribe asked the state to allow them to have bingo for money which the state allowed. After bingo was a major success with this casino, the tribe then asked to have more casino gaming such as slots & table games this wasn’t as easy as granting the tribe bingo for money, after serious court negotiations the tribe was granted casino gambling in addition to bingo. The tribe then offered to give the state 25% of the revenue from slot machines.

Types of Gambling Found in Connecticut

There are only two casinos in the state of Connecticut, though that number seems small, the two casinos located here are two of the largest casinos in the world. Foxwoods casino is the largest and it spans over 284,000 square feet with a bingo hall, 312 tables, & 4,500 slot machines. A lottery is also run by the state in Connecticut and allows players who are 18 and over to participate. There are several games offered here like Scratch, Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto, Lucky-4-Life, Cash 5, Play3, Play4 and Super Draw. Pari-mutuel racing is also found in Connecticut which allows players to bet on greyhound races.