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North Carolina Gambling Laws

States are responsible for regulating gambling within their boundaries, which may include casinos, horse tracks, or other venues. North Carolina's gambling laws are relatively strict and prohibit most forms of gambling with the exception of casinos on Indian reservations. Additionally, the state allows bingo and raffles if they are sponsored by nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about North Carolina's gambling laws in the following chart. See Details on State Gambling Laws and the links below for additional information.

Code Section

North Carolina’s Gambling Laws can be found in North Carolina General Statutes Article 37: Lotteries, Gaming, Bingo and Raffles.

Gambling Defined

Operating a game of chance or playing at or betting on any game of chance at which money, property, or other thing of value is bet, whether the same be in stake or not.

Penalty for Gambling Gambling is punishable as a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
Horse Racing/Off-Track Betting Horse racing prohibited.

Dog Racing/Off-Track Betting

Greyhound racing prohibited.

Other Types of Gambling Related Activities that are Banned

Casinos Allowed

The following gambling-related activities are banned by state law:

  • Pyramid and chain schemes (section 14-291.2);
  • Allowing gambling in houses of public entertainment (section 14-293);
  • Faro banks and tables (section 14-294);
  • Possession and operation of gaming tables, punchboards, slot machines (sections 14-295 through 14-297).

Other Kinds of Gambling-Related Activities Allowed

Casinos are allowed on Indian reservations only and must be operated in compliance with the Tribal-State Gaming Compact.

  • Bingo games: Exempt nonprofit and charitable organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service and state law, may operate bingo games. The organizations must be licensed to operate the bingo game and the maximum prize that may be offered is $500 per game ($1,500 total per session or $2,500 if there is only one session per week). Licensed bingo operators may hold up to two sessions per week. 
  • Raffles: Nonprofit and charitable organizations may also sponsor raffles. The organizations may not, however, offer the raffles in conjunction with bingo games. Raffles are limited to two per nonprofit per year. Maximum prizes are $10,000 in cash or $50,000 of merchandise.
  • State lottery: North Carolina permits a state lottery to raise money for education.

State laws are constantly changing and you may want to contact a North Carolina gaming attorney if you have additional questions about gaming laws in the state.

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