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Latest North Carolina gambling news

DJ Burns shoots over Zach Edey, part of the most-bet March Madness in BetMGM history

North Carolinians Contribute To Record March Madness Betting At BetMGM Sportsbook

April 11, 2024
The men's and women's NCAA tournaments set a record for sports bets, with four times as many as were placed on the Super Bowl, BetMGM says.
Empty horse race track, signifying FanDuel Racing still not being licensed to operate in North Carolina

FanDuel Racing Yet To Pony Up Pari-Mutuel Licensing Fee In North Carolina

April 9, 2024
Steep licensing fees in North Carolin have horse race betting operators like FanDuel Racing waiting to get involved.
SC Gamecocks win NCAA Title game over Iowa, setting records at NC sportsbooks as most bet women's sporting event of all time

South Carolina/Iowa NCAA Title Game Sets Betting Records For Women’s Sports

April 8, 2024
FanDuel, BetMGM, and Caesars reported the 2024 Women's NCAA Basketball Title Game was the most bet women's sporting event in history.
Construction workers on a site signify more land purchased for development in Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount Purchases More Land Tied To Casino Expansion

April 5, 2024
The town of Rocky Mount has purchased more land that could be used to house a casino if commercial casinos are approved in North Carolina.

Legal gambling options in North Carolina

Online sports betting

North Carolina online sportsbooks are now live and accepting bets. The state’s eight approved betting apps launched on March 11, after receiving final approval from the North Carolina Lottery Commission. New customers have their pick of some excellent NC sports betting sign-up bonuses and other promos for March Madness and beyond.

Retail sports betting

North Carolina bettors can place sports bets in person at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River in the western part of the state, and at Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain just outside of Charlotte.

Casino gambling

North Carolina online casinos are not legal and retail casino expansion won’t get legislative attention until at least 2025. When that time comes, there’s even a fair chance that online casino legislation will get introduced. Meanwhile, North Carolinians can play a variety of casino games online at social and sweepstakes casinos. There are also three tribal casinos in North Carolina. Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River each feature slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, and other casino favorites, while Catawba Two Kings Casino has slots and electronic table games.

Online lottery

The North Carolina Educational Lottery is especially popular, and it has become even more so since the state began allowing online sales of lottery tickets. You can purchase tickets online for six draw games: Carolina Cash 5, Lucky for Life, Carolina Pick 4, Carolina Pick 3, Mega Millions, and Powerball. You can use the NC Education Lottery website or download and use the official NC Lottery app to purchase tickets. North Carolina was a relative latecomer when it came to introducing a state-run lottery, with tickets going on sale in 2006. However, the state was one of the first in the country to allow online lottery ticket sales, doing so in 2013.

Daily fantasy sports

Like many other states, North Carolina has no specific legislation authorizing daily fantasy sports and, thus, no framework to regulate it or collect taxes on it. NC Sports betting regulators added and then removed a definition to state sports betting regulations that would have outlawed prop-based fantasy contests. Regulators may laternow decide on prop-based fantasy games.

At the moment, people in North Carolina are free to enter the contests at DraftKings, FanDuel, and other sites, including prop-based fantasy sites.

Live and online poker

Online poker for real money is not an option in North Carolina, although poker players in the state can play online at Global Poker, a sweepstakes-style site. For live poker players, there is an especially popular poker room at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee. The World Series of Poker-branded poker room features 32 tables with cash games around the clock and daily and weekly tournaments. The casino also frequently hosts WSOP Circuit stops, with as many as four in a year.

Charitable gaming and bingo

North Carolina allows various types of charitable gaming, the most popular being bingo. Nonprofit organizations can apply for a charitable bingo license to offer games to produce revenue. These organizations can also offer a limited number of raffles per year. In addition, in 2019, the state legalized game nights as another way for charitable organizations to raise funds, although such events can only happen east of Interstate 26 (i.e., not in proximity to the Cherokee casinos in western NC). Bingo fans can also play beach bingo at various locations for small prizes.


Paying taxes on gambling winnings

Don’t forget that North Carolina counts gambling winnings as income. That means you have to pay taxes on gambling winnings in North Carolina. Check out our page on how to report and pay taxes on your gambling winnings in North Carolina.

North Carolina online gambling FAQ

What is the minimum legal age to gamble in North Carolina?

It depends on the type of gambling. You must be 18 or older to buy lottery tickets. And you must be at least 21 to gamble in the state’s tribal casinos. Online sports betting also has a minimum age of 21.

Is it legal to gamble online in North Carolina?

Most forms of online gambling in North Carolina are not legal, including real money online casinos. You can play games at online social and sweepstakes casinos for virtual currencies. You can also purchase lottery tickets online and enter daily fantasy sports contests online. Online sports betting is legal in North Carolina as of March 11, 2024.

When will online casino gambling be legal?

Probably not in the next year or two. The state has only just legalized sports betting, and retail casinos are not yet legal. It is usually the case that a state legalizes sports betting–both retail and online–and retail casinos before it addresses online casinos.

With that said, casino expansion has picked up momentum recently with some leading lawmakers supporting its legalization. We could see online casino legislation become more of a topic of discussion in the coming years.

Who regulates gambling in North Carolina?

When it comes to North Carolina’s three tribal casinos, the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the tribal-state compacts and otherwise oversees the facilities’ operations. Meanwhile, the North Carolina State Lottery Commission, a state agency belonging to the Department of Commerce, oversees the NC Education Lottery, sports betting and horse race betting. The Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, part of the NC Department of Public Safety, enforces criminal laws prohibiting illegal gambling.