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Major events in Indiana gaming history


Voters approve a state lottery


Pari-mutuel wagering is authorized
The Hoosier Lottery begins ticket sales in October


The Lottery’s first draw game, Lotto Cash, begins in April


In June, the Department of Revenue begins regulating charitable gaming


The Riverboat Gambling Act becomes effective July 1


Hoosier Park is the state’s first racetrack, opening for harness racing on September 1


Hoosier Park adds Thoroughbred racing and opens three OTB facilities
Casino Aztar is the first riverboat casino to open in December


The Majestic Star, Trump Casino (now Majestic Star II) and Empress Casino (now Horseshoe Hammond) open in June
The Grand Victoria Casino opens in October


The Showboat Mardi Gras Casino (now Ameristar East Chicago) opens in April
The Blue Chip Casino opens in August


Caesars Indiana (now Horseshoe Southern Indiana) opens in November


The Belterra Resort opens in October


Indiana Downs opens for harness racing in December


Indiana Downs adds Thoroughbred racing and opens one OTB facility


A second OTB facility is opened by Indiana Downs


Effective July 1, regulation of charitable gaming is transferred from the Department of Revenue to the Indiana Gaming Commission


The legislature authorizes slot machines at racetracks


Hoosier Park opens its casino on May 29
Indiana Live at Indiana Downs opens its casino on June 6


Indiana Downs closes its Evansville OTB facility in June
The Hoosier Lottery signs an integrated services agreement with GTECH Indiana in October, outsourcing sales and marketing functions


Casino Aztar is renamed Tropicana Evansville in June


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


The OTB facility in Merrillville closes in March


The Lottery adds Cash4Life in September


Casinos and casino-style gaming

The Riverboat Gambling Act became effective July 1, 1993, authorizing not more than 11 riverboat licenses. Casino Aztar was the first casino to open in December 1995.

Ameristar Casino, East Chicago – 1,722 slots, 72 tables
Belterra Resort, Switzerland County – 1,163 slots, 44 tables
Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City – 1,705 slots, 50 tables
French Lick Resort Casino, French Lick – 955 slots, 37 tables
Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg – 1,728 slots, 81 tables
Horseshoe Hammond – 2,542 slots, 153 tables
Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrison County – 1,639 slots, 103 tables
Majestic Star, Gary – 870 slots, 51 tables
Majestic Star II, Gary – 830 slots, 26 tables
Rising Star, Rising Sun– 929 slots, 29 tables
Tropicana Evansville – 1,091 slots, 39 tables


In 2007, legislation authorizing slot machines at racetracks was enacted. Hoosier Park opened its slot casino on May 29, 2008, and Indiana Live (at Indiana Downs) opened its casino on June 6, 2008. The latter was renamed Indiana Grand Casino in May 2012.

Hoosier Park – 1,884 slots
Indiana Grand Casino at Indiana Downs – 2,097 slots

Indiana Gaming Commission
East Tower, Suite 1600
101 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-0046
Fax (317) 233-0047



The Hoosier Lottery began ticket sales in October 1989. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hoosier Lotto, Cash4Life, Quick Draw, Cash 5, Daily 3, Daily 4 and Fast Play (instant play style games generated through the lottery’s terminal system). EZ Match is an instant-win feature available as an add-on game to Cash 5, Quick Draw, Daily 3 and Daily 4.

Sales and marketing operations were outsourced with an integrated services agreement signed in October 2012.

Lottery proceeds are allocated to the Build Indiana Fund, the Teachers’ Retirement Fund and the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund.

Hoosier Lottery
1302 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone (317) 264-4800


Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently two racetracks and three off-track betting locations in Indiana (in Clarksville, Ft Wayne and Indianapolis).

Hoosier Park
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, IN 46160

Indiana Downs
4425 N CR 200 W
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Indiana Horse Racing Commission
ISTA Center, Suite 530
150 W. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-3119


Charitable gaming

Approved events include bingo, charity game night (dice, card, wheel games, etc.), door prizes, festival guessing games, raffles, water races, and the sale of pulltabs, punchboards and tip boards.

Qualified organizations include state educational institutions and bona fide political, religious, educational, senior citizens, veterans and civic organizations.

Indiana Gaming Commission
East Tower, Suite 1600
101 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 233-0046
Fax (317) 233-0047


Last updated on March 18, 2017