Vermont is known for a couple of things, one of the most random would have to be that they have the most dairy cows out of all 50 states. Vermont is a smaller state with just 9,000 square miles. The state is ranked 45th in the nation in terms of size. Here, they have a smaller population as well with just over half a million residents.
Vermont was the very first state that was admitted to the union after the ratification of the constitution and having 80% of their territory as forest means that they gave loads of trees, but not much gambling or casinos.
Gambling in Vermont is illegal in commercial and tribal casinos, so anyone in state that wishes to gamble needs to travel to bordering states like Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or even to Montreal in Canada.
The closest casino is in New York, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, two-and-a-half-hour drive from Burlington, while Vermont is at more or less the same distance taken to the Canadian border. Those electing Connecticut as their place to gamble have the tribal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos at around five hours drive and Atlantic City at seven hours drive distance.
The only real money legal operation in the state is the lottery as there aren’t any casinos or slots. Vermont did have electronic state lottery terminals in 2015 as a pilot project, 25 of these terminals, but in 2016 the state made them illegal and the terminals were removed.
Since 1959 that pari-mutuel gambling is legal, but there are no racetracks operating for decades now. The Vermont State Fair operated in 1963 and held horse racing with pari-mutuel betting for four years, after which greyhound racing replaced them, until it was finally closed in 1992.
In recent years, state representative Ronald Hubert proposed legislation to establish a casino in Vermont, something he has done for 6 years in a row, but these bills haven’t even passed the committee stage, so it doesn’t seem that a casino in Vermont will appear any time soon.
The state lottery was established in 1976 after being approved by referendum, in 1977 the Vermont Lottery Commission was created and in 1978 the lottery started to operate. Scratch and win tickets, as well as the Pick 3 online game, were the existing lottery games, and their profits were directed to the state General Fund, something that changed in 1998, when these funds started to go to the state Education Fund.
Even if most funds still go to the Education Fund, more recently some of that money is now directed to the promotion of responsible gaming. Apart from having Vermont state lottery, the state is also a part of lottery operations with the states of New Hampshire and Maine, which include Mega Millions, Powerball and Megabucks lotteries.
Vermont is home to some different forms of gambling, but one you won’t find here is pari-mutuel betting. Here, the state favors dairy cows over horse racing for bets. Players within the state won’t have land-based casinos either, but they do have the lottery and charity bingo.
In 1977, the lottery was established with several different games. Players who are 18 and over will have several different lottery styles including; Hot Lotto, Pick3, Pick 4, Instant Games, Scratch Tickets, Mega Millions and many others as well.
Curiosity: As in most US states, also in Vermont it’s illegal to gamble online. New Jersey and Delaware, nearby states, do have legally regulated online gambling markets operating, and Vermont residents of any other visitors can play there.
Do note that, under these circumstances, making deposits and withdrawals in such sites can be considered illegal, and the player can even be subject to a fine while trying to do it. Former Vermont governor Peter Shumlin was opposed to these federal anti-igambling laws and that the state had its own rights, but being replaced as a governor by Phil Scott the topic of online gambling disappeared from the political agenda.