Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Grenada – Lottery and More

Picture of St. George's, Grenada's capital city. Land-based gambling is illegal in Grenada but some forms of online gambling are legal.

Guide to Gambling in Grenada – Lottery and more


Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada itself and 6 smaller islands. The country is located at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada lies northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Grenada is also known as the “Island of Spice” due to its production of nutmeg and mace crops (the country is the largest exporter in the world of this). Despite this, the driving force behind Grenada’s economy is tourism. The country’s population is around 110,000. The capital and largest city of Grenada is St. George’s with approximately 34,000 residents. The official language of the country is English while the recognized national languages are the Grenadian Creole English and Grenadian Creole French.

Grenada became a French colony in the mid-17th century and remained under French rule for more than a hundred years. However, after the Seven Years War in 1763, the island came under the rule of the British. Grenada became a Crown colony in the late 19th century. The country remained under British rule until 1974 when it gained independence. Since then, the country’s history was characterized by military coups and dictatorships until it reached a stable political climate after the US invasion in 1983. Grenada is a member of several international organizations such as the United Nations (joined in the 70s), the Caribbean Community, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States amongst others.

Gambling in Grenada is illegal due to the Gambling, Lotteries and Betting Act of 1966 (it was amended a couple of times since then, most recently in 2006).* Therefore, there aren’t any land-based casinos in the country offering the popular casino games like roulette, poker, or blackjack to name a few. The only forms of gambling allowed are bingo and lotteries (the lotteries are state monopoly but we’re not sure about bingo). Online gambling, on the other hand, is not regulated. However, the Grenadian government offers licenses to online gambling operators. Therefore, numerous online gambling providers accept players from Grenada.



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*Gambling, Lotteries and Betting Act of 1966






Casino gambling in Grenada


Online casino gambling in Grenada: not regulated


Land-based casino gambling is illegal in Grenada since 1966. Therefore, there aren’t any casinos operating in the country right now. Those who operate an illegal gambling establishment, or play in one of them are prosecuted. Online gambling, however, is not regulated and the government even gives out licenses to operators. Because of this, most online gambling providers accept players from Grenada.



Bingo in Grenada


Online bingo in Grenada: not regulated


Bingo is a quite popular game amongst players around the world, especially in the US. Bingo is controlled by the National Lotteries Authority which was established in 1982. There is not much information about land-based bingo halls in Grenada, though. However, it seems that bingo is a state monopoly. Players are accepted at numerous offshore online casinos to play bingo, though.



Poker in Grenada


Online poker in Grenada: not regulated


Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the regularly held international tournaments, constant television broadcasts, and the game’s competitive nature. Many would argue that poker requires a lot more skill than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. Therefore, it is illegal in Grenada. Online gambling, on the other hand, is not regulated so players from Grenada can enjoy poker at numerous offshore online casinos. The Grenadan government even issues licenses for online gambling providers.


Sports betting in Grenada


Online sports betting in Grenada: not regulated


Sports are very popular in Grenada. The country participates in the Summer Olympics since 1984. The most popular sport on the island is cricket. Betting on sports is one of the most popular forms of gambling out there. Sports betting is illegal in Grenada due to the Gambling, Lotteries and Betting Act of 1966, though. Online gambling, however, is not regulated so players from Grenada can bet on their favorite sports at numerous offshore online casinos.



Lottery in Grenada


Online lottery in Grenada: not regulated

The lottery is arguably the most common form of gambling in the world. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. Although gambling is illegal in Grenada, the country has a national lottery. It is controlled by the state-owned National Lotteries Authority (NLA) and drawn regularly. The company offers many different kinds of lotteries like Lotto, Daily Pick 3, and Super 6 amongst others. The NLA offers a bingo game too. However, the company does not offer online play as of now.



Bitcoin gambling in Grenada


Bitcoin gambling in Grenada: not regulated


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented in 2008 by a mysterious person behind the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The currency is becoming more and more popular every day worldwide as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling is started to become popular too soon after the introduction of the currency. It continues to grow in popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. However, Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example).  Bitcoin trades usually occur via the internet due to the currency’s digital nature, so Bitcoin gambling technically falls into the online gambling genre. As of now, Grenada does not have any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general.



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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.


Last updated: 2016.02.23.

Simon's Guide to Gambling in Grenada - Lottery and More
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An overview of gambling's legal status in Grenada.

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