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Latest North Carolina gambling news

Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will host the first ever BetMGM 300.

BetMGM 300 Race Precedes Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 22, 2024
The Charlotte Motor Speedway will host two races this weekend, starting with the BetMGM 300 on Saturday and the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday.
Scratch off lottery ticket, signifying 16 scratch offs expiring in North Carolina on May 31, 2024.

NC Lottery to Remove 16 Scratch-off Games this Month

May 21, 2024
The North Carolina Lottery, which also regulates sports betting, will remove 16 scratch-off games at the end of the month.
First full month of NC betting revenue

NC Exceeds Sports Betting Expectations With $649M In First-Month Bets

May 17, 2024
North Carolina's eight online sportsbooks took $649 million in April bets for $105.3 million in gross revenue in their first full month.
Nascar in-race live betting options expanding in NC

Amelco And nVenue Deal Boosts NASCAR Micro-Betting Options In North Carolina

May 17, 2024
NASCAR fans in North Carolina will be seeing even more in-race live betting options thanks to a partnership between Amelco and nVenue.

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 betting on the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs, Major League Baseball 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.