Were it not for the lottery, Vermont would rank right near Utah and Hawaii as the states most restrictive of gambling freedoms. There’s never really been any significant gambling liberalization in Vermont. In 1960, the state legalized parimutuel wagering on horse races. It didn’t include simulcasting and there are currently no horse tracks in Vermont so this law is meaningless. In 1978, the Vermont Lottery began and continues to this day. The lottery profits are earmarked for education in the state and offers the basics—draw games and scratch offs. There is limited charitable gaming including bingo, pull tabs and raffles.
The best option for Vermont residents is to head over the border to New York. It’s highly unlikely that Vermont will offer sports betting anytime soon.