Gambling has a long history throughout human civilization, but has always created controversy in its wake. Specifically, the practice has faced stiff opposition from certain religious groups that claim the practice is immoral and takes advantage of people -- and Utah, with its roots in the Mormon Church (LDS) , is no exception. Welcome to FindLaw's section on the gambling and state lotteries laws of Utah, which are among the nation's most restrictive. In fact, state law prohibits "...any game of chance, lottery or gift enterprise under any pretense or for any purpose," effectively banning all forms of gambling within state boundaries. However, Utah residents still may purchase lottery tickets from other states. Click on a link below to learn more about Utah's gaming laws.