Ohio Gaming Overview
Ohio permits charitable gaming (bingo, instant bingo, raffles and festivals), horse racing, a state-operated lottery, and four land-based casinos. The seven horse race tracks are permitted to offer video lottery terminals as well.
In 1973 Article XV, § 6 of the Ohio Constitution was amended to permit the General Assembly to authorize an agency of the State to conduct lotteries and amended again in 1975 to authorize and regulate bingo conducted by charitable organizations for charitable purposes.
In 2009, Article XV, § 6 was again amended to authorize four casinos. In 2011, the legislature amended Revised Code 3770.03 to clarify the lottery commission's authority to regulate video lottery terminals.
In 2011, Governor Kasich authorized the operation of video lottery terminals at horse race tracks.
There are no Indian casinos or tribal state gaming compacts in Ohio.