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Vermont Casinos & Gambling
Vermont, nicknamed The Green Mountain State, has been known for many years as a state of independent political thinking and liberal politics. This is a state which created a variation of two controversial bills. One, for allowing a civil union of the same sex, but with emphasis on its distinction from a traditional marriage; and two, for giving its private citizens the right to approve or disapprove land development and subdivision plans.
Hence, it would come as no surprise that Vermont, while still a small country state with old-fashioned traditions, allows for charitable gaming activities like lottery.
Technically, Vermont Gambling Laws do not allow gambling. Hence, fully operational casinos with slots machines, video pokers and the like are illegal in Vermont. If a person is caught engaging in social gambling, he would be fined. Professional gamblers will be sanctioned with misdemeanor charges.
Lotteries, bingos and card-games, in Vermont’s case however, are allowed. But only charitable organizations and non-profit organizations are given the privilege to operate or hold these events. Vermont is pushing for what they call “Please Play Responsibly” campaign.
Responsible Gaming Activities
Under Vermont’s Responsible Gaming Activities program, only bona fide charitable organizations engaging in various religious, educational or civic activities may hold gaming events. They are allowed to sponsor lotteries, bingos, raffle events, card-games and break-open tickets. They are however prohibited from including slot machines and any other mechanical gaming devices from these events.
Games are allowed by law, to be held twice a week. Consequently, no venue should be used more than two times in a week also.
Minors are allowed to be on the site if their presence there is work related. But their work must just be limited to serving food, logistics and handling tickets, for instance.
All proceeds must go to charity or charitable purposes. Even the amount of prizes to be rewarded in such an event is regulated. Expenses to host these events have to be kept in check as well. To curb cost, volunteers are mostly relied upon.
A bona fide charitable organization must be in operation for at least one year, before they are supposed to sponsor such events.
The Vermont Lottery Commission
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The Vermont Lottery Commission is an organization that oversees lotteries in the state. It has 5 commissioner directors and employs a total of 15 (or less) personnel to oversee the operation.
The Vermont Lottery Commission aims to provide a balance between the allocating money for funding Education, for example, while providing fun gaming activities, like state-run lotteries. The state acknowledges that while lottery may be addictive, by having the right policies and by enforcing them, this form of gambling activity can be specifically helpful to the economic development of the state. The games and lotteries that they come up with are all designed to raise state revenue.
More than an organization for generating state income thru lotteries and bingos, the commission has created a council to help curb compulsive gamblers of their gambling problems. Their Problem Gambling Program promotes public awareness via campaign ads, posters and TV plugs, pushing to play responsibly. They also observe National Gambling Awareness week to raise sensitivity towards an individual’s possibly increasing gambling problem.
The commission refuses sale of lottery tickets to those who cannot keep their gambling habits in check. While it is quite difficult to determine this, the current system they have in place is sending a positive message to lottery ticket buyers to “please play responsibly”. Public perception towards lottery has in fact become very favorable.
They also develop training programs to educate workers about the dangers and effects of compulsive gambling to self and family.
The Vermont Lottery Commission gives out referrals in case someone like a compulsive gambler is in need of medical help, in the person of a psychiatrist. They also support self-help groups like Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon and Gam-A-Teen.
The commission has even installed a help-line for easy access and accommodation.
For information on The Vermont Lottery Commission, you may check the Vermont Lottery Official Website:
For Problem Gambling Program, you may visit:
Or call 1-800-522-4700
This information is also printed out in the lottery tickets one can purchase in Vermont.
More on Vermont’s Gambling State Law
The state limits minors below age 18 to participate in any lottery, bingo or charitable gambling activity. However, minors may keep lottery tickets if these were given as gifts.
Vermont Gambling Laws stipulate that in the event a person loses while gaming or betting, the person may recover the lost from the winner by filing a civil suit.
1. Statutes tit. 11-15. Recovery of money or property lost in gaming.
2. Any person who shall, by playing at any game or betting on the sides or hands of such as play at any game, lose within twenty-four hours, the sum or value of five dollars, or more, and pay or deliver the same, or any part thereof, may, within three months next following, recover from the winner, the money or the value of the goods so lost and paid or delivered, with costs of suit in civil action, either by suit or warrant, according to the amount or value thereof.
This law however provides that the gambling activity contested should be game of skill, not a game of chance. By definition, it is not considered gambling if the game is one that is predominantly about skill.
Vermont law also prohibits charging entrance fees during a sponsored raffle or bingo event. Any raffle or bingo event that requires you to purchase something to be able to join or enter will be considered void and the organizers punishable by law.
Vermont residents are also prohibited from participating in any online games of chance.
One of the two smallest states in the whole of United States, Vermont has proven time and again that it can move independently from its nation’s norms. Its policy of voting a governor every two years, as opposed to the common length of four years in any US State, is such one example of its independence. Its proactive approach to any issues relating to their social environment has made it a little state with big convictions.
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