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Major events in Connecticut gaming history


Bingo is legalized for charitable and non-profit organizations


Bazaars and raffles are authorized


The Connecticut Lottery begins ticket sales
Charities and non-profit organizations are allowed to operate casino nights


The Lottery offers its first scratch instant ticket


Plainfield Greyhound, Bridgeport Jai Alai, Hartford Jai Alai and off-track betting outlets all open for business


Milford Jai Alai opens


In October, the New Haven Teletrack opens, the country's first pari-mutuel teletheater


The Lottery launches Lotto


The Mashantucket Pequot tribe opens a high-stakes bingo hall


Sealed tickets are authorized for charities and non-profits


A tribal-state gaming compact is signed with the Mashantucket Pequots


Foxwoods adds table games to its bingo hall


Foxwoods slot machine operations begin in January
The off-track betting system is privatized and sold to Autotote Enterprises


Shoreline Star becomes a Greyhound track when the Bridgeport Jai Alai fronton is converted
Hartford Jai Alai closes in September; it would remain an OTB facility until 2002


Mohegan Sun opens in October


Milford Jai Alai closes in December
Mohegan Sun opens Casino of the Sky addition


The law authorizing casino nights for non-profits is repealed in January


Foxwoods opens Rainmaker Casino and Hard Rock Café additions


Plainfield Greyhound closes in May
Shoreline Star Greyhound closes in September; it remains an OTB facility


Mohegan Sun opens Casino of the Wind addition
Foxwoods opens MGM Grand at Foxwoods


Lucky For Life, a New England regional lottery game, launches in March


The Lottery launches keno in April

Tribal gaming

Connecticut is home to two of the largest casinos in the world. Foxwoods currently has about 4,300 slot machines and more than 300 table games including poker, while Mohegan Sun has about 5,000 slots and some 300 table games including poker.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut – Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut  – Mohegan Sun Casino

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509



The Connecticut Lottery began operations in 1972. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto, Cash 5, Lucky Links, Lucky For Life, Keno, Play 3 and Play 4. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery profits are sent to the state’s General Fund to use as needed.

Connecticut Lottery Corp.
777 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone ((860) 713-2000
Fax (860) 713-2805

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are no remaining live pari-mutuel events in Connecticut, as the last Greyhound track closed in 2005. Sportech Venues, Inc. (previously known as Autotote Enterprises) runs 15 off-track wagering facilities plus an account wagering network.

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509


Charitable gaming

Bingo, sealed tickets, raffles, bazaars and sheet tickets are currently authorized as fundraising events for qualified non-profit organizations.

Division of Special Revenue
P.O. Box 310424
Newington, CT 06131-0424
Phone (860) 594-0500
Fax (860) 594-0509


Last updated on March 17, 2017