Several forms of gambling are legal in the U. Parimutuel wagering on casinos in massachusetts racing is allowed at the state’s two active racetracks, Plainridge Racecourse and Suffolk Downs. Betting on horse and dog racing was legalized in 1934.
The first dog tracks were Wonderland Greyhound Park and Taunton Dog Track, opened in 1935. Suffolk Downs included the sport in its calendar from 1959 to 1970. Foxboro closed in 1997 and was replaced in 1999 with the opening of Plainridge. The Massachusetts Lottery offers draw games and scratchcards. The Lottery also offers pull tabs for sale at bars.
Private lotteries were common in early colonial history, but as public attitudes turned against them, Massachusetts banned all lotteries in 1719. The province’s first public lottery was authorized in 1745, to pay for expenses related to King George’s War. There were 157 licensed charitable bingo operators. Several poker rooms throughout the state operate under the casino night law, with daily games benefitting a rotating set of charities. Whist and bridge fundraisers were legalized in 1932. Beano was legalized in 1934, but then banned in 1943 because racketeers were operating games using charities as fronts.
Both of the state’s federally recognized tribes have worked for several years to open gaming facilities on tribal lands, under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The Mashpee tribe gained federal recognition in 2007. Their casino, referred to as Project First Light, would be located in what is currently an industrial park, which they have applied to the federal government to take into trust, making it sovereign tribal land. The Aquinnah tribe announced plans in 2013 for their Class II gaming facility in an unfinished community center on their reservation. Under the Expanded Gaming Act, passed in 2011, as many as three casino resorts and one slot parlor can be opened.