Gambling in Massachusetts

Lottery: 18
Parimutuel: 18
Casinos: 21
Charity Bingo: 18

Update 2019

Encore Boston Harbor Casino is now open

Known as ‘The Bay State’ Massachusetts is found on the map near Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York & Vermont. The state is home to about 6 million people which comes in 14th in terms of most populated states. For area, the state is ranked 44th. In the state of Massachusetts there are many different kinds of gambling with a lottery, casinos, online gambling, horse racing & charity events.

Massachusetts Types of Gambling

Massachusetts is one of the states that allows a state lottery for players who are 18 and over. Massachusetts offers some unique games like a numbers game, Mega Millions, Powerball, Megabucks Doubler, Mass Cash, Keno & more. The lottery was started on September 27th 1971 which means Massachusetts was one of the first states to begin selling lottery tickets. Parimutuel betting is also available within the state for both horse racing and greyhound racing. Within the state there is one dog racing facility and two horse racing facilities for players who are 18 and over. 1934 was the beginning of gambling for the state of Massachusetts with parimutuel betting. Charitable bingo events are also allowed for private parties, companies & organizations for those who are over the age of 18. Within the state there are two casinos for players who are 21 and over. Massachusetts state laws have been evolving over the years. Most recently, the state governor Deval Patrick signed a bill to legalize gambling within the state to allow more casinos to be constructed and the first casino was opened in 2019. Some of the citizens within the state are outraged because they felt that was the last tie for the state to it’s puritan culture.

Massachusetts Internet Gambling

Within the state of Massachusetts there are many different forms of gambling including online gambling. There are no laws against online gambling here nor are there any federal laws pertaining to online gambling other than the UIGEA which stands for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which prohibits players from making deposits or withdrawals from their bank account or credit card. Online casinos have so many different things that most don’t know. Online casinos are very secure and are subject to strict audits by third party companies to ensure fairness. Online casinos welcome players with many different enticing bonuses which come in the form of deposit match bonuses or free chips to test out new games. Players can choose to either download all of the games at once to their computer or they can play instantly online without downloading a thing.