The Executive Council approved a contract between the NH Lottery and DraftKings Inc., setting the stage for sports betting to launch in NH.
The DraftKings was selected through a competitive bidding process, and according to a statement, offers the "best financial package," the "most highly rated mobile sports betting app," and the "fastest implementation timeline."
Charlie McIntyre, NH Lottery executive director, says sports betting will broaden the appeal of the Lottery and engage new and existing customers, while generating millions in additional revenue to support education. He said the commission is working to ensure all appropriate safeguards are in place. "The New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings expect to launch mobile sports betting this January.”
Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation in July authorizing sports betting, which will be available at up to 10 physical locations along with mobile sports betting. Under the approved contract, the Lottery will receive 50% of the gaming revenue.
The sports betting legislation was written to provide individual communities with the option to put the question to voters as to whether to permit retail sportsbook locations within their communities. The cities of Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth all voted in favor during city elections earlier this fall. New Hampshire towns can add the question to their 2020 Town Meeting warrants.
The sports betting legislation, which creates a Division of Sports Wagering within the Lottery to oversee sports betting, allows for mobile wagering and prohibits any wagering on NH college teams or any college games taking place in the Granite State. Players must be 18 or older to play.
The DraftKings also plans to open an office in the state.