New Jersey

Gambling in New Jersey

Lottery: 18
Parimutuel: 18
Casino: 21
Charity: 18

The beginning of legalized gambling in New Jersey starts as far back as 1870, horse racing and parimutuel betting at Monument Park Racetrack was a very popular leisure activity for the state. In 1894 gambling came to a halt when the state decided to ban all types of gambling until 1970 when the state lottery began selling lottery tickets. This raised some eyebrows because horse racing was still illegal, some pushed to have it legalized again, which it was in 1977. In 1987 casino gambling was finally legal within the state of New Jersey. Atlantic City became the second largest gambling city within the United States aside from Las Vegas.

Types of Gambling in New Jersey

The New Jersey State lottery offers tickets to players who are 18 and over for those who would like to participate in games such as PowerBall, Jersey Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3, Pick Six, MegaMillions & more. Most states offer a lottery system because it offers more revenue to the state for public programs like the school system. Horse racing is the first kind of gambling that was available in New Jersey, players can participate in this kind of gambling at age 18. There are as many as 8 racetracks found within the state of New Jersey to make bets at. Players can also head down to Atlantic City for some casino gaming action where they can play at age 21. Players can find games like keno, blackjack, poker, slots, video poker & more.

UPDATE: 03/01/2013

New Jersey is the latest state to legalize online gambling. As of February 28th 2013, players will have the ability to play from their homes on servers located within their states boarders. The state of New Jersey passed this law as an effort to increase revenue to the state as well as create jobs. The majority of online casinos from New Jersey will be operated by the casino giants within the state as licensing and startup costs can be pretty steep.