FAQs

If your question has not been answered below, please contact Lucky Day Gaming or visit the Illinois Gaming Board’s FAQs page for more information.

What is a video gaming terminal?

Answer: Any electronic video game machine that, upon insertion of cash, is available to play or simulate the play of a video game (e.g, video poker, line up, blackjack, etc.). Terminals cannot directly dispense coins, cash, or tokens; however, players may receive free games or credits (including receipt tickets) that can be redeemed for cash.

Is a license required to place a video gaming terminal in your establishment?

Yes. A valid license issued by the IGB is required to place a video gaming terminal in your establishment. Those found without a proper license are subject to a Class A misdemeanor, with subsequent offenses subject to a Class 4 felony.

What is an inducement?

Section 25(c) of the Act provides that “No terminal operator may give anything of value, including but not limited to a loan or financing arrangement, to a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment as any incentive or inducement to locate video terminals in that establishment.” Rule 1800.250(l) provides that “Each licensed terminal operator has an ongoing duty to comply with the following: offer or provide nothing of value to any licensed video gaming location or any agent or representative of any licensed video gaming location as an incentive or inducement to locate, keep or maintain video gaming terminals at the licensed video gaming location.”

Where will video gaming be allowed?

In opt-in municipalities and in licensed establishments where ‘on-premise’ consumption of alcohol is allowed. For instance, bars, restaurants, some truck stops and fraternal/veterans organizations.

How does an establishment get licensed?

The Video Gaming Act allows up to 5 video gaming machines in establishments that pour alcohol as well as certain truck stops and fraternal/veterans organizations. The establishment must first reside in an opt-in area and from there, sign with Lucky Day Gaming. The next step would be to submit a gaming application which Lucky Day Gaming will assist with. This includes fingerprinting. There will be a site inspection by the gaming board, then approval of license. Once approved a live date is set for installing of machines.

How many video gaming terminals will be allowed at each site?

Up to five machines may be placed at each licensed establishment.

Can local jurisdictions restrict the use of video gaming terminals?

Yes. Incorporated municipalities and counties (which will regulate licensed establishments in unincorporated areas) can prohibit video gaming terminals within their jurisdiction by passing an ordinance or through successful passage of a voter referendum.

Will other regulations be put in place regarding video gaming?

Yes. As the agency in charge of administration and enforcement of the Video Gaming Act, the IGB is responsible for developing final rules and regulations.

How long does it take for an establishment to be licensed?

The average amount of time to get licensed is approximately 3 months from the time you sign with Lucky Day Gaming. This includes all steps needed to be approved and go live. For more information, review the steps to going live.