Mass. lawmakers change casino bill after objections over local aid cut
The House and Senate today voted to change the bill proposing to legalize casino gambling in Massachusetts, after objections were raised over a payment to the horse-racing industry that had been expanded at the last minute. The final bill adding up to three casinos and one slots parlor still required two more procedural votes in each chamber before being sent to Governor Deval Patrick for his …
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Casino gambling information:
- Massachusetts decriminalized bingo in 1931 in an attempt to help churches and charitable organizations raise money. Bingo was legal in 11 states by the 1950s, usually only for charity purposes.
- The first legal lottery in the twentieth century was the New Hampshire Sweepstakes which began on March 12, 1964. Currently 37 states and the District of Columbia operate lotteries.
- The El Rancho Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas was known for a few firsts. It was the first casino/resort on the Strip opening in 1941 with 63 guestrooms. It was also the first to offer a buffet. The cost of the buffet was only $1.00! The El Rancho burned down in 1960 and fortunately no one was hurt.
- The most significant forms of illegal gambling in the United States are numbers, betting with bookmakers or bookies, and sports pools or sports cards.