Rick Ask, Administrator
Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments and assuring the appropriate tax is assessed as well as detecting illegal gambling activities that would deprive those governments of their tax revenue. The division works to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all citizens of this state by regulating gambling activities and promoting programs necessary to provide assistance to those who are adversely affected by legalized gambling, including compulsive gamblers and their families.
Under Montana law, businesses must have an appropriate on-premises alcoholic beverage license and a gambling operator license before they can obtain permits for certain gambling activities, i.e., live card tables, video gambling machines, etc. The division serves as a point of contact for obtaining various liquor licenses, and in addition, provides investigative services to the Department of Revenue, Liquor Division. The Gambling Control Division conducts criminal investigations into illegal tobacco activities as well.
Montana law mandates strict regulation. Division staff seek to balance this requirement with providing responsive service to the businesses and citizens we regulate.
Contact the Gambling Control Division
With the exception of its field offices, all Gambling Control Division offices are located at the following address:
Phone: (406) 444-1971
The Operations Bureau is responsible for the division’s license, tax and administrative functions. The bureau also assists in licensing applicants by conducting financial background reviews and conducts gambling tax field audits of licensed locations.
Angela Nunn, Bureau Chief
Phone: (406) 444-5693
License and Tax Section
The License and Tax Section processes and issues gambling licenses and permits, including video gambling machine permits. The section also collects and distributes gambling taxes and license and permit fees. In cooperation with the Department of Revenue, the License and Tax Section receives and processes the combined liquor and gambling license application.
Lisa Christiansen, Supervisor
Phone: (406) 444-9150
The Investigations Bureau performs all criminal background checks on license applicants and conducts detailed investigations to ascertain applicants’ suitability under state statutes. The bureau also conducts criminal investigations of alleged violations of state gambling laws and administrative rules, and inspects the premises of licensed liquor and gambling establishments.
Dave Jeseritz, Bureau Chief
Phone: (406) 444-9130
Testing Lab/Technical Services Section
The Technical Services Section provides testing lab services for all gambling devices in the state, and conducts on-site testing and inspection of video gambling machines.
Ben Kamerzel, Supervisor
Phone: (406) 444-9133
|Billings/Eastern District Office
615 South 27th
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 896-4300
Bozeman Field Office
Glasgow Field Office
Glendive Field Office
|Missoula/Western District Office
2681 Palmer Street, Suite D
Missoula, MT 59808
Phone: (406) 329-1475
Butte Field Office
Great Falls Field Office
Kalispell Field Office