On June 28, 2012, Delaware Governer Jack Markell signed the
Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012 into law making
Delaware the first state to legalize online gaming within its
Under the new law, online slot machines and casino games such as
blackjack and poker will be accessible through current existing
Delaware casinos' websites and the Delaware Lottery Office will
offer lottery tickets through the state-controlled website.
Although the law currently limits internet gaming to players
within Delaware's borders, it does provide for expansion to
players outside of Delaware, if and/or when, it is determined by
the Delaware State Lottery Office that such conduct is "not
inconsistent with federal law and the law of the jurisdiction in
which the person is physically present."
State revenues generated from internet gaming will be placed
into the State Internet Lottery Fund. Operations and
administration of internet gaming will first be paid from that
Fund. Thereafter, the first $3,750,000 of proceeds each
fiscal year will be transferred to the State Lottery Fund with the
remaining proceeds to be distributed to support services for
compulsive gambling and provide for additional purse revenue for
thoroughbred and standardbred racing in Delaware.
Online gaming is expected to begin in 2013.
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