New York has a long and proud history of adopting innovative change in the gambling sector long before many of the other States of the Union. For example, New York State was the first state to ban lotteries in the 1800s, and only the second to welcome them back. Check out the timeline for other landmark dates in the history of gambling in New York;
1776 – Continental Congress authorizes a lottery to pay for the war against the British.
1833 – New York becomes the first state to enact a constitutional ban on lotteries.
1939 – Betting on Horse Racing was legalized in New York State.
1957 – Bingo becomes legal in New York.
1966 – New York lottery begins.
1970 – Off-Track Betting is legalized in New York.
1976 – Gambling is legalized in Atlantic City, New York’s nearby neighbor in New Jersey.
1993 – First Indian Casinos open in New York State following the 1988 passage through Congress’ of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, permitting casinos on Indian territory.
2001 – In a post-9/11 revenue-raising move, New York legalizes several Indian casinos and legislates to permit Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at several racetracks, transforming them into “racinos.”
2013 – New York State legislature passes the Upstate NY Economic Development Gaming Act (which opens the pathway for the establishment of sports betting legislation) and approves full commercial land-based casinos.
2019 – Land-Based Sports Betting Begins.
2021 – Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for Online Sports Betting to raise funds as a form of budget repair, and signs the 2021/22 budget triggering the official legalization of online sports betting in New York.
2022 – New York online sports betting officially launches.
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