Gambling In Massachusetts

There has been legalized gambling in Massachusetts for many years. The Commonwealth has had thoroughbred, greyhound, and harness racing, Bingo, raffles, Beano, scratch tickets, Keeno, and other gaming. Casinos and slot houses are new additions to the mix.

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“Massachusetts decriminalized bingo in 1931 in an attempt to help churches and charitable organizations raise money.”

History of Greyhound Racing

“Massachusetts also legalized pari-mutuel betting on greyhound races in 1934 and two major tracks opened there the following year.”

Bay State Raceway opened in 1947 in Foxborough

  • E.M. Loew and Paul Bowser open Bay State Raceway
  • “on opening night, September 1, 1947, a crowd of 12,000 wagered $55,523, a first day record for a new harness track.”
  • The track was sold on December 1, 1976 and the name was changed to New England Harness Raceway
  • Name was changed later to Foxboro Raceway
  • “Due to a number of factors, including increased competition for the gambling dollar withthe introduction of the state lottery, the track was declining in popularity. Attendance and handle dropped dramatically.”
  • Foxboro was sold to Wonderland Park owner Charles Sarkis
  • Robert Kraft bought the track and land
  • “Bay State Raceway cloed for good in 1997”

Massachusetts State Lottery History

The Lottery games have entertained and amused Commonwealth players for decades. The Lottery has grown and adapted to the ever-changing demands of Massachusetts and its residents.

1973 The legislature transferred supervision of Bingo (Beano) from the Department of Public Safety to the State Lottery Commission. This Division later became known as Charitable Gaming.

They have a “Where To Play” locator for Foxborough


Raffle Permit (yearly) $10.00


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