Gambling in New York
New York City
Two forms of gambling are legal in New York City: NYS Lottery, and Off-Track Betting (OTB) (betting on horse races, local and distant).
All other gambling for money is illegal without a state license. Such licenses are granted to charities for specific events. Small stakes informal bingo games are also played at church evenings and some recreation centers. Despite its efforts, bookmakers, illegal numbers games (private lottery) and private card games are rumored to thrive in some sections of the city.
But why take any risk, when just an hour or two away are the casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Connecticut?
New York State Lottery offers many different forms of its lottery from "Instant Win" for small amounts to the multimillion dollar weekly lotteries. Most of these lottery tickets are sold in small "card shops" or news shops and are tied in automatically to the State Lottery Computer System. The Winning Numbers are announced on TV channel 7 (WABC), in the daily newspapers or listed on the official website, www.nylottery.org.
New York City has established a number of betting offices for betting on horse races, called Off-Track Betting, where you can place your bets and watch the results on TV monitors.
New York City Off-Track Betting - Theater District
|Wagering on thoroughbred & harness racing from racetracks in NY & around the country. Th-Sa features racing from Australia. Telephone account wagering is available M-W 11:30-23, Th-Sa 11:30-2:30, Su 11:30-22.|
|1501 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036||Tel 212-704-5127|