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Latest North Carolina gambling news

A house sinking in water, signifies underwater mortgages in NC casino counties

Possible Casino Sites Lead NC in Underwater Mortgages

June 21, 2024
Two of the three counties proposed to house casinos in North Carolina have the highest percentage in the state for underwater mortgages.
Rep. Jason Saine, a sponsor of a budget proposal that would increase sports betting revenue for NC universities

NC Sports Betting Success Spurs Proposal to Reward Colleges

June 20, 2024
With more tax revenue than expected from sports betting, North Carolina lawmakers are proposing giving some of the revenue to colleges.
Vane Honeycutt, UNC standout, will play in the College World Series, starting on Friday.

North Carolina Well Represented in 2024 College World Series

June 12, 2024
One quarter of the eight teams in this year's College World Series in Omaha, NE, hail from North Carolina, the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack.
NC State Wolfpack baseball player, who could see increased scholarships after House v. NCAA settlement.

How NCAA Settlement Could Impact NC Colleges and Athletes

June 11, 2024
The NCAA settlement of a case against its operations will have a major impact on colleges and student-athletes 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 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. The online sports betting law allowed for retail sportsbooks at the state’s pro sports facilities, but none of them have gone that route yet.

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. A second WSOP poker room opened at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River in May, 2024.

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.