New York

Gambling in New York

Lottery: 18
Parimutuel: 18
Casinos: 18-21
Charity Bingo: No Limit

New York’s history with gambling has been very up and down throughout the years. The state’s history began in 1821 when the state place a ban along with the Second Constitution for the state. This made all forms of gambling illegal including state lotteries, parimutuel betting & casino gambling. Gambling was then reintroduced to the state with parimutuel betting in 1894. From then on gambling took off, bingo was legalized on November 5th 1957 forms of bingo were not limited but were regulated and supervised by local law enforcement. The state lottery was the next option to become available within the state which was legalized in 1975. This measure was put into effect to increase revenue for the state and to help the public school system. Games of chance were legal but only for religious groups or charity events.

Types of Gambling in New York

1993 was a big year, finally class III Native American casinos were brought to the state. Players were finally able to make bets and play games like slots, craps, blackjack & poker. The Oneida Tribe was the first to open a casino in the middle of the year. One thing that is pretty odd about the laws in New York is that any advertising that was done before 1999 was deemed illegal unless it was for the Native American casinos. The state of New York also allows parimutuel betting for players who are 18 and over. The lottery is also available for players who are 18 and over. Games with the New York lottery consist of Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Sweet Million, Take 5, Numbers, Win 4, Quick Draw, Pick 10 and more. The lottery features games for $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, & $30 games.