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Major events in Maryland gaming history


Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, opens in October


The first running of the Preakness Stakes


Timonium racetrack opens in September


Laurel Park opens in October


Havre de Grace racetrack opens in August


Marlboro racetrack opens in July
Bowie Race Track opens in October


Cumberland racetrack opens in October


Hagerstown racetrack opens in October


Fair Hill opens for racing


Bel Air racetrack opens in July


Freestate Raceway opens


Rosecroft Raceway opens


Last year of racing at Havre de Grace


Last year of racing at Cumberland


Last year of racing at Bel Air


Last year of racing at Hagerstown


Last year of racing at Marlboro


The Lottery begins ticket sales in May


The Lottery introduces instant scratch tickets


Last year of racing at Bowie


Last year of racing at Freestate


The Lottery introduces Keno in January


The Lottery is one of the founding members of The Big Game (now Mega Millions)


The Lottery introduces the Racetrax monitor game statewide after a limited trial


Video lottery terminals are authorized by the legislature


Voters approve video lottery terminals


Rosecroft closes in July after failing to run live racing since 2008
Hollywood Casino Perryville opens in September


The Casino at Ocean Downs opens in January
Rosecroft reopens for simulcasting in August and for live racing in October


Maryland Live! Casino opens June 6
In November, voters approve table games and a new casino for Prince George's County


Hollywood Casino Perryville is the first to add table games in early March
Maryland Live! Casino adds table games in April
Rocky Gap Casino Resort opens May 22


Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opens on August 26
The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December


The Lottery launches the multi-state game Cash4Life in January
In April, a new OTB location opens in Boonsboro
MGM National Harbor opens on December 8

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Video lottery terminals (slot machines) at up to five locations (up to 15,000 machines in total) were authorized in 2007 and approved by voters in 2008. Hollywood Casino Perryville was the first to open in September 2010. Table games and a sixth casino (in Prince George's County) were approved by voters in November 2012; Hollywood Casino Perryville was the first to add them in March 2013.

Casino at Ocean Downs – 800 slots
Hollywood Casino Perryville – 850 slots, 20 tables
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore – 2,186 slots, 179 tables
Maryland Live! Casino – 3,941 slots, 209 tables
MGM National Harbor – 3,212 slots, 165 tables
Rocky Gap Casino Resort - 662 slots, 17 tables

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency oversees gaming at these facilities.


The Maryland Lottery began operations in May 1973. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Multi-Match, 5 Card Cash, Bonus Match 5, Cash4Life, Pick 3, Pick 4, Keno and Racetrax. The Lottery became an expanded agency with the debut of gaming in the state.
Lottery profits are sent to the state’s General Fund to use as needed. Designated proceeds from the Mega Millions game benefit the Stadium Authority.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency 
Montgomery Park Business Center
1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 330
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone (410) 230-8790


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are six racetracks currently open in Maryland, including four commercial tracks, one fair and one steeplechase track.

Off-track betting was legalized in 1992 and there are presently two OTB facilities, in Boonsboro and Colonial Beach; simulcast wagering is also offered at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Hollywood Casino Perryville. One racetrack (Ocean Downs) opened a slot machine casino in January 2011.

Laurel Park
3600 Laurel Fort Meade Road
Laurel, MD 20725

Pimlico Race Course
Hayward Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Casino at Ocean Downs
10218 Race Track Road
Berlin, MD 21811

Rosecroft Raceway
6336 Rosecroft Drive
Fort Washington, MD 20744
P.O. Box 188
Timonium, MD 21093

Fair Hill Races
c/o Union Hospital Foundation
147 W. High Street
Elkton, MD 21921

Maryland Racing Commission
300 E. Towsontowne Boulevard
Towson, Maryland 21286
Phone (410) 296-9682
Fax (410) 296-9687


Charitable gaming

Charitable gaming in Maryland is regulated at the city or county level.


Last updated on March 18, 2017