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Major events in Wisconsin gaming history


A constitutional amendment allows charitable bingo


Raffles are added as approved charitable games


Menominee Bingo opens


Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery
A constitutional amendment authorizes pari-mutuel wagering on horse, Greyhound and snowmobile racing
Menominee Bingo expands into Menominee Casino Resort


The Lottery begins ticket sales in September


Lotto America is launched in August


Wisconsin Dells Greyhound Park opens in April, Geneva Lakes Kennel Club in May, Dairyland Greyhound Park in June and Fox Valley Greyhound Park in August


SuperCash is introduced in February
Potawatomi Bingo Casino opens in March
St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Park opens in June


Class III gaming compacts are signed with all 11 Wisconsin tribes
The Wisconsin Gaming Commission is formed
Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
North Star Mohican Casino Resort opens in May
The Lottery launches Megabucks in June and Pick 3 in September


In April, voters approved a constitutional amendment confirming that all forms of non-tribal gambling are prohibited except bingo, raffles, on-track pari-mutuel betting and the lottery
The Lottery launches Money Game 4 in September
Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa opens in October (as Rainbow Casino)
Last year of racing at Fox Valley Greyhound


Full-card simulcasting at the racetracks is authorized


The Gaming Board replaces the Gaming Commission
Last year of racing at Wisconsin Dells
Money Game 4 ends in August
The Lottery adds the multi-state Daily Millions in September


Daily Pick 4 sales begin in September
In October, the Gaming Board is eliminated with responsibilities transferred to the Division of Gaming in the Department of Administration


Cash 4 Life replaces Daily Millions


Money Roll replaces Cash 4 Life


Last year of racing at St. Croix Meadows


CityPicks replaces Money Roll


Badger 5 replaces CityPicks in February


Last year of live racing at Geneva Lakes; simulcasting continues until April 1, 2006


Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg opens in November


 Last year of racing at Dairyland, and pari-mutuel wagering in the state ends


Mega Millions is added in January



Tribal gaming

There are 11 tribes in Wisconsin with Class III gaming compacts and they operate 26 gaming facilities.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians – Bad River Lodge & Casino
Forest County Potawatomi Community – Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin – Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls, Madison, Nekoosa, Tomah (Whitetail Crossing Casino), Wisconsin Dells and Wittenberg
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – Grindstone Creek Casino, LCO Casino, Lodge and Convention Center
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians – Lake of the Torches Bingo and Casino
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin – Menominee Casino Resort, Thunderbird C-Store and Mini-Casino
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin – Highway 54 Casino, IMAC Casino/Bingo, Mason Street Casino, Oneida Casino, Oneida One-Stop Packerland, Oneida Travel Center
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – Legendary Waters Resort and Casino
Sokaogon Chippewa Community – Mole Lake Casino Lodge
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin – St. Croix Casinos in Danbury, Hertel and Turtle Lake
Stockbridge-Munsee Community – North Star Mohican Casino Resort

Division of Gaming, Department of Administration
3319 West Beltline Highway, First Floor
Madison, WI 53713
Phone (608) 270-2555



The Wisconsin Lottery began ticket sales in September 1988 with an instant game and a pulltab game. The current game offerings include instant tickets, pulltabs, Powerball, Mega Millions, Wisconsin Megabucks, SuperCash, Badger 5, 5 Card Cash, Pick 3 and Pick 4. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery proceeds provide property tax relief for Wisconsin residents.

Wisconsin Lottery
2135 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713
Phone (608) 261-8800


Pari-mutuel facilities

There has been no racing or pari-mutuel wagering in Wisconsin since the last of five Greyhound tracks closed at the end of 2009.

Regulation was the responsibility of the Division of Gaming, Wisconsin Department of Administration.


Charitable gaming

Bingo and raffles may be conducted by any bona fide local religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veteran's organization and to any organization to which contributions are deductible for state and federal income tax purposes.

Division of Gaming, Department of Administration
3319 West Beltline Highway, First Floor
Madison, WI  53713
Phone (608) 270-2555


Last updated on April 2, 2016