Question: Is it illegal to own a slot machine in TN?

It is illegal to own a slot machine privately in the state of Tennessee.

Can I own my own slot machine?

Forty-one states allow people to own used slot machines for personal use. Only nine states have a total ban on buying and selling used gaming machines. Most of the other states have restrictions placed on the legal purchase of second-owner slot machines, but they have a wide range for what is allowed.

Tennessee law does not allow bingo, poker games, pull-tabs, punchboards, video lottery games, and casino-like games of chance.

Tennessee is no exception and operates a state lottery with the intention of funding public schools. The state also allows the following types of gambling: horse racing, interstate simulcast wagering, and pari-mutuel wagering at licensed satellite teletheaters.

Casino gambling remains illegal in Tennessee

Tennessee brought the lottery to the state back in 2002, becoming the 48th state to offer some type of gambling within its borders. Sports betting has most recently become legal in Tennessee.

What do casinos do with old slot machines?

Casinos want to squeeze as much out of a slot machine as they can, so many old slot machines which have been removed from the casino floor are sent off to the workshop to be dismantled and used for parts, or otherwise sold as scrap.

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Is it illegal to do a raffle in Tennessee?

Raffles and games of chance are considered gambling, which is prohibited in Tennessee.

Tennessee Bingo

Bingo is legal solely as a form of charitable gambling – you won’t find any commercial bingo parlors in Tennessee. Playing on offshore sites is entirely illegal, and there’s no chance for the current status quo to change in the foreseeable future. What laws cover online gambling in Tennessee?

Not all fundraisers are illegal. Organizations can accept donations and have silent auctions. The bottom line is all raffles have to be approved by the state, big or small, or you’re breaking the law.

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