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Connecticut Gaming Summary

Background

Connecticut has a lottery, parimutuel wagering on off-track betting, charitable gaming, and Class III Indian gaming.

 

Indian Gaming

Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut, began offering bingo in 1986. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, the casino was the outgrowth of a lengthy legal and political battle. After signing a compact with the state, the casino began allowing slot machine play in 1993. The following year, another compact with the Mohegan tribe permitted the creation of Mohegan Sun casino nearby under that tribe's auspices.

With 340,000 square feet of gaming space, 7,200 slot machines, and 380 table games, and over 300,000 square feet of gaming space, 6,780 slots, and 392 table games, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, respectively, are two of the largest casinos in the world.

Pursuant to Tribal-State agreements, the Division of Special Revenue licenses the gaming related workers and registers the gaming service enterprises of the Foxwoods Resort Casino operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Mohegan Sun operated by the Mohegan Tribe. The Division also participates in oversight of the Tribal slot and/or video facsimile machine activity.

Taxation: As sovereign tribes, the operators of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun do not pay taxes to the state. Under the terms of their compacts, however, they contribute 25% of their slot machine win to the state General Fund.

 

Lottery

Development: State Representative John A. "Tony" Miscikoski, of Torrington, known by many as "The Father of the Lottery," believed that a state lottery could provide substantial benefits to the residents of the state. Each year for nearly a decade, Miscikoski presented legislation to authorize lottery sales. Miscikoski's dream became a reality in 1971, and the Connecticut State Lottery came into being.

Beneficiaries: The Connecticut general fund: state services supported include education, Medicaid, health services, corrections, and general government services and expenditures.

For more information:

State of Connecticut Division of Special Revenue
The mission of the Division of Special Revenue is to ensure the highest degree of integrity in the conduct of all forms of legalized gambling within the State of Connecticut and the federally recognized Tribal Nations within the State.

Connecticut Lottery 

Gross Sales For Lottery, Parimutuel And Charitable Gaming (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Lottery
OTB
Greyhounds
Jai Alai
Charitable
Total Sales
1972
17,288,925
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
17,288,925
1973
34,711,849
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
34,711,849
1974
30,752,727
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
30,752,727
1975
30,894,815
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
30,894,815
1976
71,420,299
11,298,654
64,877,042
20,646,599
n/a
168,242,594
1977
62,733,957
93,966,692
125,284,151
248,135,071
n/a
530,119,871
1978
107,456,292
108,028,104
97,983,478
229,022,431
n/a
542,490,305
1979
120,924,216
118,028,104
100,421,789
236,838,885
n/a
576,212,994
1980
130,199,122
166,294,918
90,672,151
219,769,169
n/a
606,935,360
1981
150,960,719
180,179,203
95,088,262
209,611,209
n/a
635,839,393
1982
170,044,365
190,403,568
104,240,017
225,907,725
n/a
690,595,675
1983
188,672,345
183,548,291
114,441,553
228,344,014
n/a
715,006,203
1984
254,413,833
187,064,643
117,337,700
231,119,273
n/a
789,935,449
1985
344,456,934
185,589,642
118,501,313
239,807,091
n/a
888,354,980
1986
429,112,000
188,782,000
118,981,000
241,574,000
n/a
978,449,000
1987
489,284,000
193,260,000
117,036,000
255,112,000
n/a
1,054,692,000
1988
514,597,000
200,340,000
118,902,000
213,476,000
23,173,936
1,070,488,936
1989
494,524,000
202,121,000
114,900,000
193,804,000
46,686,918
1,052,035,918
1990
525,358,000
193,428,000
96,456,310
212,788,255
51,608,124
1,079,638,689
1991
531,172,000
199,924,000
83,084,933
194,295,951
52,344,121
1,060,821,005
1992
543,685,000
175,313,888
72,991,808
186,368,360
58,036,056
1,036,395,112
1993
552,545,506
163,831,210
51,014,000
142,745,000
60,488,194
970,623,910
1994
552,246,775
178,247,181
45,380,000
119,189,000
60,185,762
955,248,718
1995
670,814,540
224,862,846
41,331,668
102,544,405
61,515,502
1,101,068,961
1996
706,907,499
244,007,115
45,210,086
63,743,074
59,333,940
1,119,201,714
1997
769,789,000
254,946,925
32,218,000
49,585,000
58,613,885
1,165,152,810
1998
805,612,970
262,213,261
28,735,674
37,876,737
57,082,164
1,191,520,806
1999
871,016,803
265,481,548
26,169,755
32,269,685
55,871,657
1,250,809,448
2000
837,509,506
272,013,961
22,092,075
30,723,616
53,551,342
1,215,890,500
2001
839,711,547
274,510,529
18,686,686
27,926,005
51,119,585
1,211,954,352
2002
907,903,268
276,349,625
18,362,630
13,054,755
51,432,005
1,267,102,283
2003
865,289,648
279,614,045
15,930,314
n/a
51,839,582
1,212,673,589
2004
907,655,895
279,250,542
13,612,619
n/a
51,329,856
1,251,848,912
2005
932,933,942
255,047,341
9,257,599
n/a
50,913,760
1,248,152,642
2006
970,326,788
244,444,205
2,287,501
n/a
48,646,502
1,265,704,996
2007
957,026,434
233,492,621
n/a
n/a
46,424,638
1,236,943,693
2008
998,147,892
224,797,249
n/a
n/a
43,993,192
1,266,938,333
2009
991,368,669
205,399,292
n/a
n/a
41,084,565
1,237,852,526
2010
996,846,808
190,746,664
n/a
n/a
37,948,339
1,225,541,811
2011
1,016,614,013
183,738,951
n/a
n/a
35,576,573
1,235,929,537

All data is for the fiscal year in question. For more information see here.

Off-track betting (OTB), greyhound racing, and Jai Alai are all pari-mutuel wagering

Slot Machine Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Foxwoods
Year
Machines
Handle*
Revenue*
Hold %
1993
1,192
953,540,919
81,526,795
8.55%
1994
2,826
4,500,394,282
375,482,357
8.34%
1995
3,861
6,609,160,687
542,896,068
8.21%
1996
4,010
7,804,174,844
594,811,060
7.62%
1997
4,523
8,146,374,915
583,831,731
7.17%
1998
5,545
8,445,216,386
660,271,975
7.82%
1999
5,709
8,656,969,881
694,324,415
8.02%
2000
5,842
9,213,272,252
756,940,157
8.22%
2001
5,883
9,402,310,138
762,735,093
8.11%
2002
6,541
9,917,836,740
796,152,838
8.03%
2003
6,542
9,579,531,632
785,202,112
8.20%
2004
6,647
9,636,443,123
787,532,382
8.17%
2005
7,309
9,769,429,104
819,812,200
8.39%
2006
7,089
9,402,145,621
818,023,141
8.70%
2007
7,208
9,232,720,350
805,521,026
8.72%
2008
7,243
9,131,096,473
760,150,699
8.32%
2009
8,018
8,455,251,188
708,613,940
8.38%
2010
7,346
7,736,903,032
652,160,859
8.42%
2011
6,621
7,837,360,844
650,046,652
8.29%
2012
6,344
7,296,460,202
613,910,254
8.41%
2013
6,123
6,472,578,989
542,750,408
8.39%

For more detailed information see Foxwoods Slot Data (off-site)

 

Mohegan Sun
Year
Machines
Handle*
Revenue*
Hold %
1997
2,692
2,974,885,654
227,632,554
7.65%
1998
2,993
4,687,348,678
384,031,430
8.19%
1999
3,022
5,763,578,372
463,801,176
8.05%
2000
3,027
6,585,218,904
529,000,120
8.03%
2001
3,159
6,959,460,393
566,938,166
8.15%
2002
5,609
8,264,168,135
679,663,824
8.22%
2003
6,173
9,567,956,966
763,815,776
7.98%
2004
6,171
10,109,882,439
823,403,536
8.14%
2005
6,243
10,209,198,149
851,537,777
8.34%
2006
6,203
10,449,393,318
892,083,304
8.54%
2007
6,107
10,616,328,457
916,381,818
8.63%
2008
6,084
10,312,311,929
885,091,882
8.58%
2009
6,644
9,471,655,862
802,563,411
8.47%
2010
6,569
9,203,634,881
748,895,017
8.13%
2011
6,383
9,011,005,939
719,222,522
7.98%
2012
6,141
8,369,405,825
689,287,257
8.24%
2013
5,656
7,628,348,768
628,801,430
8.24%

For more detailed information see Mohegan Sun Slot Data (off-site)

 

State of Connecticut (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Combined)
Year
Machines
Handle*
Revenue*
Hold %
1993
1,192
953,540,919
81,526,795
8.55%
1994
2,826
4,500,394,282
375,482,357
8.34%
1995
3,861
6,609,160,687
542,896,068
8.21%
1996
4,010
7,804,174,844
594,811,060
7.62%
1997
7,215
11,121,260,569
811,464,285
7.29%
1998
8,538
13,132,565,064
1,044,303,405
7.95%
1999
8,731
14,420,548,253
1,158,125,591
8.03%
2000
8,869
15,798,491,156
1,285,940,277
8.13%
2001
9,042
16,361,770,531
1,329,673,259
8.12%
2002
12,150
18,182,004,875
1,475,816,662
8.11%
2003
12,715
19,147,488,598
1,549,017,888
8.08%
2004
12,818
19,746,325,562
1,610,935,918
8.15%
2005
13,552
19,978,627,253
1,671,349,977
8.36%
2006
13,292
19,851,538,939
1,710,106,445
8.61%
2007
13,315
19,849,048,807
1,721,902,844
8.67%
2008
13,327
19,443,408,402
1,645,242,581
8.46%
2009
14,662
17,926,907,050
1,511,177,351
8.42%
2010
13,915
16,940,537,913
1,401,055,876
8.27%
2011
13,004
16,848,366,783
1,369,269,174
8.12%
2012
12,485
15,665,866,027
1,303,197,511
8.32%
2013
11,779
14,100,927,757
1,171,551,838
8.31%

* In dollars

The number of machines listed is the weighted average for the year.

 

Slot Data: Monthly and Calendar Year

 

Connecticut Tribal Casinos: Slot Data
Monthly Handle, Win, Promotional and Other Totals

 

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year ending June 30)

 

Year
Total Ticket Sales
Prizes Awarded
Prize %
Net Income
Net %
1998
805,613
474,372
58.88%
255,812
31.75%
1999
870,917
517,307
59.40%
271,308
31.15%
2000
837,510
502,494
60.00%
253,598
30.28%
2001
839,711
502,494
59.84%
252,003
30.01%
2002
907,903
546,095
60.15%
271,510
29.91%
2003
865,289
523,900
60.55%
256,815
29.68%
2004
907,656
538,331
59.31%
280,763
30.93%
2005
932,934
573,000
61.42%
268,515
28.78%
2006
970,327
587,388
60.54%
284,865
29.36%
2007
957,026
579,854
60.59%
279,000
29.15%
2008
998,148
608,218
60.93%
283,000
28.35%
2009
991,303
604,712
61.00%
283,000
28.55%
2010
996,847
608,755
61.07%
285,500
28.64%
2011
1,016,614,013
620,133,591
61.00%
291,259,311
28.65%
2012
1,081,740,066
659,897,816
61.00%
311,907,378
28.83%

All numbers are in thousands--add 000 to get full amount.

"Total ticket sales" reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question; from 1995 on, this includes money wagered on video lottery terminals."Prizes Awarded" is not adjusted for unclaimed prizes.. "Net Income" is the total revenue minus operating expenses and fees. Prize and net revenue percentages are taken from the total sales.

Connecticut Gaming Timeline

1939: Bingo is legalized for qualified non-profit organizations.

1955: Bazaars and raffles are legalized for qualified non-profit organizations.

1971: As a means to generate revenue for the state, Governor Thomas J. Meskill signs Public Act No. 865 to create the Connecticut State Lottery.

1972: The Connecticut State Lottery begins ticket sales at 3,000 retailer locations statewide, offering one game, "The Lottery." Tickets cost .50 each, and offered a top prize of 5,000. Legislative action determines that all profits from lottery games are to be transferred to the state's General Fund. Non-profits are permitted to operate casino games during Las Vegas night fundraisers.

1976: The Lottery appears on television, with the premiere of "Double Play," its first weekly TV game show. Off-track betting begins in Connecticut, run by the Division of Special Revenue. Plainfield Greyhound Park opens, beginning live greyhound racing in Connecticut. Jai Alai frontons in Bridgeport and Hartford open.

1992: Mashantucket Pequot Tribe opens Foxwoods Resort Casino.

1993: Foxwoods casino begins slot machine gambling. Off-track betting is sold to Autotote Enterprises, Inc., which operates Connecticut OTB to this day.

1995: Connecticut joins the multi-state lottery game, Powerball. The former Bridgeport Jai Alai was converted to Shoreline Star Greyhound Park.

1996: The Mohegan Tribe opens Mohegan Sun. Connecticut State Lottery makes history, becoming the 1st United States lottery to become a quasi-public corporation. The name is changed, and it becomes the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. The Lottery, by statute is designated as an enterprise activity. As such, CLC receives no tax money from the state for its operations.

1997: Mohegan Sun casino begins slot machine gambling

1999: CLC becomes a founding partner of the Connecticut Partnership for Responsible Gambling. CPRG initiatives work to raise public awareness and provide information for those seeking help with gambling issues.

2000: The Lottery updates its logo. "The Money Tree" format, used since the Lottery's start, is replaced with "The Happy Dancer" symbol, marking a shift in the Lottery's marketing initiatives.

2003: Law repealed permitting non-profit organizations to operate casino games.

2010: Connecticut joins the multi-state lottery game, MegaMillions.


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