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State by State Analysis
ALABAMA—Alabama Code §15-8-150 makes it a crime to bet with a minor.
Pari-mutuel betting: The minimum age for betting horse and greyhound racetracks is 18 in some counties, 19 in others: Birmingham and Macon—19, Greene and Mobile—18. Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc., Pari-Mutuel Racing: 1996 at 59; Alabama Code §11-65-44.
Bingo: Non-profit organizations can run bingo games for charitable or educational purposes. The state has separate statutes for various counties and at least one city—all set the minimum playing age as well as the minimum age for conducting or assisting bingo at 19.
ALASKA—Alaska has been considering allowing casino gambling on cruise ships between ports in the state, during the course of an international voyage.
Slot machines: Alaska Statutes §43.35.040 sets the minimum age at 18 and forbids the location of coin-operated amusement and gaming devices within a radius of 100 yards of a school building.
Bingo and pull-tabs: State statutes set the minimum age for bingo at 19, but the age for pull-tabs was raised from 19 to 21 on June 26, 1993. Alaska Statutes §§05.15.180 and 05.15.187.
Lottery: It is a misdemeanor to sell a lottery ticket to anyone under 18, but it is not unlawful to give the minor a lottery ticket as a gift. Arizona Revised Statutes §5-515.
Pari-mutuel betting: Arizona puts the legal wagering age at 18, according to the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc.'s Pari-mutuel Racing: 1996 at 59. The state's statutes
By I. Nelson Rose, J.D. Harvard 1979, Professor of law at Whittier Law School. The author would like to thank his research assistants, Ranjit Indran, Jmaes B. Lewis, Kimberly Phillips, and Michael Shelton-Frates for their help with this project.