Message from Executive Director on
Advance Deposit Wagering

State law provides that a person that facilitates an advance deposit wagering account on behalf of a resident of this State or accepts wagers on horse races from a resident of this State without a license is guilty of unlawful gambling under Title 17-A, chapter 39. The law further provides that the Gambling Control Board shall develop a request for proposals (RFP 201908135) for the purpose of awarding one bidder the privilege to be licensed to conduct advance deposit wagering. The process of selecting a licensee to conduct advanced deposit wagering is underway. At this point there are no entities licensed in the State of Maine to conduct advanced deposit wagering. For more information, please see educational letter, below.

Maine Gambling Control Board Issues Educational Letter on Advance Deposit Wagering - May 21, 2019

Letter from the Executive Director

The State of Maine Gambling Control Unit is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety. This unit provides support to a five member Gambling Control Board appointed by the Governor. The Board is charged with the regulation of casino gaming as authorized by Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, Chapter 31.


Currently, there are two casino facilities located in the City of Bangor and Town of Oxford.


An executive director serves as director to both the Gambling Control Unit and the Board. The director provides leadership, oversight, and administration of the three functional areas reporting to the Board. These functional areas include Licensing, Auditing, and Inspections. Each area focuses on a different aspect of regulation within the gaming industry. Specific responsibilities include budget planning, revenue distribution, rule promulgation, policy and staff development, legislative analysis, individual and business licensing, and enforcement of administrative actions.


In 2017, the 128th Maine Legislature assigned the administration and enforcement of the laws governing fantasy sports contests, beano, and games of chance to the Director of the Gambling Control Unit. A review of these areas is underway to initiate or continue to protect state revenues and maintain the public's confidence in the integrity of gaming activity.


Our mission is to provide efficient, effective, and consistent regulation of authorized gaming in the State of Maine.


Milton F. Champion
Executive Director
Gambling Control Unit
Department of Public Safety
State of Maine

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