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New Hampshire Gaming Summary

Background

New Hampshire has a state lottery (the first modern lottery in the U.S.), pari-mutuel betting on horse-racing and greyhound racing, and charitable gaming (bingo and Monte Carlo nights).

Lottery

Development: State Representative Larry Pickett, from Keene, proposed a Sweepstakes Bill five times from 1953 to 1963. In 1963, Pickett lobbied and gained support for his bill. He saw the Sweepstakes as a viable and voluntary method of raising revenue for education. On April 30, 1963, Governor John King signed the Sweepstakes bill. The first three-member Sweepstakes Commission was sworn into office on August 1, 1963.

Local Option voting was held on March 10, 1964 by special ballot. This allowed the Cities and Towns in New Hampshire to either vote for or against the sale of Sweepstakes tickets. Only 13 of the state's 211 communities voted disapproval of the measure. Sweepstakes tickets went on sale two days later on March 12, 1964.

Beneficiaries: Since 1964, lottery proceeds have been earmarked for education.

 

Horse Racing

New Hampshire has had legal wagerging horse racing since 1933, greyhound racing since 1973 (discontinued in 2010), and simulcast wagering since 1991. There has been no live racing in the state since 2009. Currently, there are two pari-mutuel facilities offering simultcast wagering: Rockingham Park and Seabrook Park.

 

Charitable Gaming

Bingo, formerly regulated as beano, and Lucky 7 have been legal in New Hampshire since 1949. In 1949, RSA 287 was enacted to regulate beano. In 1983, RSA 287 was repealed and re-enacted as RSA 287-E to regulate bingo. A tax of 5% was imposed in 1983 on winner-take-all games pursuant to RSA 287-E:8. The tax was raised to its current level of 7% in 1990.

 

For more information:

New Hampshire Lottery

New Hampshire Racing and Chartiable Gaming Commission

 

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Total Sales
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
Net Revenue
Net %
2000
190,934,000
108,659,000
56.91%
n/a
0.00%
2001
196,249,000
115,083,000
58.64%
n/a
0.00%
2002
212,833,000
123,650,000
58.10%
66,126,000
31.07%
2003
221,198,000
129,843,000
58.70%
66,569,000
30.09%
2004
237,005,000
137,231,000
57.90%
73,744,000
31.11%
2005
227,980,000
132,686,000
58.20%
69,349,000
30.42%
2006
262,742,000
152,392,000
58.00%
80,378,000
30.59%
2007
263,940,000
155,941,000
59.08%
79,043,000
29.95%
2008
261,132,000
154,687,000
59.24%
75,553,000
28.93%
2009
239,932,000
142,050,000
59.20%
68,150,000
28.40%
2010
234,087,000
138,907,000
59.34%
66,222,000
28.29%
2011
229,154,000
139,262,000
60.77%
62,207,000
27.15%
2012
255,859,986
180,944,853
70.72%
66,768,050
26.10%
2013
280,469,777
197,601,388
70.45%
74,334,757
26.50%

 

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Total sales reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question. Prize liability is the total amount of prize money paid back to winners. Net Revenue (before operating expenses) is the total revenue minus vendor and retailer commissions and prize payouts. Prize and net revenue percentages are taken from the total revenues.

Lottery Revenue Data (Calendar Year)

 

Year
AGR
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
Operating Expenses
Exp %
Net Revenues
Net%
1964
5,740,093
1,799,995
31.40%
1,172,010
20.40%
2,768,088
48.20%
1965
4,566,044
1,400,000
30.70%
678,679
14.90%
2,487,365
54.50%
1966
3,889,056
1,414,993
36.40%
633,447
16.30%
1,840,616
47.30%
1967
2,577,341
943,565
36.60%
578,578
22.40%
1,055,198
40.90%
1968
2,054,434
800,150
38.90%
364,162
17.70%
890,122
43.30%
1969
2,017,667
790,599
39.20%
358,710
17.80%
868,358
43.00%
1970
2,019,367
791,596
39.20%
391,208
19.40%
836,563
41.40%
1971
4,277,260
1,787,600
41.80%
624,095
14.60%
1,865,565
43.60%
1972
7,699,665
3,361,557
43.70%
1,635,715
21.20%
2,702,393
35.10%
1973
6,845,762
3,066,967
44.80%
1,185,834
17.30%
2,592,961
37.90%
1974
5,514,328
2,697,944
48.90%
580,674
10.50%
2,235,709
40.50%
1975
11,085,759
5,566,430
50.20%
1,319,230
11.90%
4,200,099
37.90%
1976
14,489,146
7,514,635
51.90%
1,233,923
8.50%
5,740,588
39.60%
1977
9,967,360
5,505,626
55.20%
1,760,607
17.70%
2,701,127
27.10%
1978
14,000,695
7,622,924
54.40%
2,363,113
16.90%
4,014,658
28.70%
1979
11,043,490
5,745,817
52.00%
1,777,123
16.10%
3,520,550
31.90%
1980
12,161,774
6,325,697
52.00%
2,050,872
16.90%
3,785,205
31.10%
1981
11,028,368
6,112,302
55.40%
1,900,308
17.20%
3,015,758
27.30%
1982
12,387,513
6,675,829
53.90%
2,101,450
17.00%
3,610,234
29.10%
1983
13,819,653
7,957,791
57.60%
2,172,975
15.70%
3,688,887
26.70%
1984
17,167,723
9,652,770
56.20%
1,857,387
10.80%
5,657,566
33.00%
1985
15,242,063
8,802,658
57.80%
2,130,195
14.00%
4,309,210
28.30%
1986
34,317,665
21,112,495
61.50%
2,458,949
7.20%
10,746,221
31.30%
1987
58,708,492
35,352,137
60.20%
2,686,964
4.60%
20,669,391
35.20%
1988
76,992,302
46,653,790
60.60%
2,360,227
3.10%
27,978,285
36.30%
1989
87,157,937
54,031,036
62.00%
2,777,834
3.20%
30,349,067
34.80%
1990
94,566,729
58,657,447
62.00%
3,230,862
3.40%
32,678,420
34.60%
1991
99,724,542
61,159,464
61.30%
3,536,252
3.50%
35,028,826
35.10%
1992
106,530,552
66,355,044
62.30%
3,433,901
3.20%
36,741,607
34.50%
1993
106,587,946
65,829,576
61.80%
3,468,241
3.30%
37,290,129
35.00%
1994
112,118,195
70,781,219
63.10%
3,474,590
3.10%
37,862,386
33.80%
1995
143,474,699
96,399,824
67.20%
3,432,261
2.40%
43,642,614
30.40%
1996
165,901,621
112,779,033
68.00%
3,581,957
2.20%
49,540,631
29.90%
1997
179,890,876
122,045,911
67.80%
3,638,180
2.00%
54,206,785
30.10%
1998
187,066,779
125,798,298
67.20%
3,763,294
2.00%
57,505,188
30.70%
1999
202,493,547
131,418,415
64.90%
6,496,138
3.20%
64,578,994
31.90%
2000
194,226,315
126,147,513
64.90%
6,561,592
3.40%
61,517,210
31.70%
2001
199,971,505
133,961,872
67.00%
6,661,208
3.30%
59,348,425
29.70%
2002
215,916,592
142,537,172
66.00%
7,253,826
3.40%
66,125,594
30.60%
2003
223,605,042
150,220,833
67.20%
6,815,572
3.00%
66,568,637
29.80%
2004
239,630,122
158,704,987
66.20%
7,181,496
3.00%
73,743,639
30.80%
2005
229,470,121
153,187,171
66.80%
6,934,389
3.00%
69,348,561
30.20%
2006
263,755,510
176,049,587
66.70%
7,328,160
2.80%
80,377,763
30.50%
2007
265,244,111
179,127,796
67.50%
7,072,984
2.70%
79,043,331
29.80%
2008
261,938,751
177,851,852
67.90%
8,472,620
3.20%
75,614,279
28.90%
2009
240,260,199
164,927,310
68.60%
6,980,983
2.90%
68,351,906
28.40%
2010
234,121,637
159,984,012
68.30%
7,915,454
3.40%
66,222,171
28.30%
2011
229,218,781
158,986,743
69.40%
8,024,487
3.50%
62,207,551
27.10%

AGR is the adjusted gross revenues for the calendar year.. Prize liability is the total amount of prize money paid back to winners. Operating Expenses is the amount spent on Net Revenue is the total revenue minus vendor and retailer commissions and prize payouts, and operating expenses,. Prize, operating expense, and net revenue percentages are taken from AGR..

New Hampshire Gaming Timeline

1933: Pari-mutuel wagering on thoroughbred and harness racing legalized

1933: Rockingham Park (thoroughbred and harness racing) opens

1949: Bingo and Lucky 7 legalized

1953: Sweepstakes Bill first introduced

1963: Sweepstakes Bill passes, Sweepstakes Commission formed

1964: Sweepstakes tickets go on sale

1971: Parimutuel wagering on greyhound racing legalized

1973: Hinsdale and Seabrook Parks (greyhound racing) open

1975: Lakes Region (greyhound racing) opens)

1977: Games of chance (Monte Carlo nights) legalized

1978: Lakes Region closes

1980-1983: No live racing at Rockingham Park

1981: Lakes Region re-opens

1991: Simulcast wagering begins on horse and greyhound racing

1994: Lotto ticket sales began

2004: Lakes Region greyhound racing closes

2006: Live greyhound racing starts at The Lodge at Belmont

2010: Live greyhound racing ends in New Hampshire

2010: Live harness racing at Rockingham Park ends


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