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Major events in Rhode Island gaming history


Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized
Narragansett Park opens for horse racing in August


Lincoln Park opens for horse racing


Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery


The Lottery begins tickets sales in May


The Lottery introduces a daily numbers game in February
The first instant lottery tickets go on sale in May
Last year of horse racing at Lincoln Park
Newport Jai Alai opens


Lincoln Park converts to Greyhound racing


Last year of horse racing at Narragansett
In February, the Lottery introduces computerized (online) games for the first time


The Lottery launches 4/40, its first lotto game


The Lottery is a founding member of the Multi-State Lottery Association


The first MUSL game, Lotto America, is launched


Simulcasting begins at the two pari-mutuel facilities


Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
The Lottery introduces fast-draw keno in September
Video lottery terminals at Lincoln and Newport are authorized and begin operating in September


The General Assembly removes Las Vegas nights from the charitable gaming law


Voters reject a casino gambling proposal


Last year of jai alai at Newport Grand; simulcasting continues


Lincoln Park is sold and is ultimately renamed Twin River under new ownership


Last year of live Greyhound racing at Twin River; simulcasting continues


The Lottery introduces Mega Millions in January


In March, the Lottery launches Lucky For Life, a New England regional game
The Lottery launches the monitor game bingo in October
In November, voters approve table games at Twin River


Table games debut at Twin River on June 19


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

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Video lottery terminals at the state’s two pari-mutuel facilities were legalized by the General Assembly in 1992 and began operating in September of that year. Table games were approved at Twin River only in November 2012, and launched ahead of schedule on June 19, 2013. In November 2016, voters approved a full casino in Tiverton, which would replace the limited casino at Newport Grand.

Newport Grand – 1,097 video lottery terminals
Twin River – 4,219 video lottery terminals, 108 gaming tables

Rhode Island Lottery
1425 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 463-6500


The Rhode Island Lottery began ticket sales with a weekly draw game in May 1974. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Daily Numbers, Wild Money, Lucky For Life, Bingo and Keno. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games and runs the video lottery program at the two pari-mutuel facilities.

Lottery proceeds benefit the state general fund.

Rhode Island Lottery
1425 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 463-6500

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are two pari-mutuel facilities in Rhode Island, but they only offer simulcasting along with VLTs. Live jai alai was discontinued at Newport in 2003 and live Greyhound racing ended at Twin River in 2009.

Newport Grand
150 Admiral Kalbfus Road
Newport, RI 02840

Twin River
100 Twin River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
Division of Racing and Athletics
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone (401) 462-9500

Charitable gaming

Qualified charitable, religious and other non-profit organizations may conduct bingo, raffles and bazaars. These activities are overseen by the Rhode Island State Police.

These organizations may also sell pulltab tickets, which are offered exclusively by the Rhode Island Lottery.

Rhode Island State Police
Charitable Gaming Unit
311 Danielson Pike
Scituate, RI 02857
Phone (401) 444-1147

Last updated on March 18, 2017