Nine New Hampshire cities voted whether to allow sports gambling or not. Of the nine cities, only five approved retail sports betting operations.
The cities of Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth welcomed the idea and voted in favor of land-based retail sports gambling facilities.
With five cities voting to allow sportsbook retail locations, we can continue with the sports betting implementation process, developing a responsible system that engages players and drives revenue for education in New Hampshire,” said Charlie McIntyre, the New Hampshire Lottery’s executive director, in a statement.
Division of Sports Wagering a newly created body is tasked with monitoring and regulating sports gambling in the state. According to the sports gambling regulation in the state, a maximum of 10 retail sportsbooks would be allowed.
Earlier in the year, in July, New Hampshire became the second New England state to legalize sports betting. The state had already authorized retail and mobile betting the previous year.
The lottery’s newly created Division of Sports Wagering will regulate sports betting in the state. The state law legalizing sports betting allows up to 10 retail sportsbooks across the state.
The gambling authority expects to approve final contracts by the end of November 2019 following which it aims at launching sports betting operations in the first quarter of 2020.
According to the sports betting legislation in New Hampshire, betting on state college teams is prohibited. Also, betting on sporting events involving minors is not allowed.
The state aims at generating $7.5m for education in the fiscal year 2021 and $13.5m annually in the coming two years through regulated sports betting operations.