New Hampshire Lottery Adding Dover Retail Sportsbook with DraftKings
- Monday, the NH Lottery with DraftKings Announced a New Retail Sportsbook in Dover
- This Makes Three Brick-and-Mortar Sportsbooks in New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Sports Wagers Totaled $520 million in the Previous Fiscal Year
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Monday, the NH Lottery with DraftKings Announced a New Retail Sportsbook in Dover
On Monday there was more great news for Granite State gamblers when the New Hampshire Lottery in cooperation with DraftKings announced their plans to open a new retail sportsbook location where wagers can be placed in person.
The site will open in Dover, the fourth largest city in the state, a move intended to make New Hampshire “the premier sports betting destination in the Northeast,” according to Charlie McIntyre, the Lottery’s executive director.
The Manchester-based Filotimo Casino & Restaurant will host the latest retail sportsbook to make its way to New Hampshire where online and in-person sports betting has been legal since July 2019.
McIntyre announced the news earlier this week, saying:
Sports betting has been a success in New Hampshire since launching nearly two years ago and we are pleased to continue working with DraftKings and Filotimo Casino & Restaurant to expand sports betting opportunities for our players.
This Makes Three Brick-and-Mortar Sportsbooks in New Hampshire
Besides the new Dover retail sportsbook location, there are also two other spots to place in-person wagers in New Hampshire, those sportsbooks currently situated in Manchester and Seabrook.
The Manchester location is based in the original Filotimo Casino & Restaurant and the Seabrook locale is in The Brook, a bar/restaurant/sportsbook which has become “a year-round entertainment hub.”
New Hampshire was the 16th state to legalize sports betting in the United States, its market officially launching in December 2019, and, run by the state Lottery, it has only permitted one sportsbook, DraftKings, to be licensed in the state.
Michael Kibort, DraftKing’s senior director of retail sportsbook, shared his vision of what his company’s relationship with the state means to bettors:
“As legalized sports betting continues to gain steam both in New Hampshire and across the country, DraftKings is proud to be brand consumers know and trust, and we remain excited about the possibilities that lie ahead as we expand digital sports entertainment in New Hampshire.”
New Hampshire Sports Wagers Totaled $520 million in the Previous Fiscal Year
According to the NH Lottery, sports wagers in the state totaled $520 million in the previous fiscal year, which includes $436 million in online bets placed through DraftKings and more than $84.6 million placed in-person at Seabrook and Manchester.
Legal sports betting has become a big business and even bigger money for the states that have already begun taking advantage of the overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which was declared unconstitutional in 2018.
Now it’s up to individual states to decide whether to allow its residents to bet on sports and over half have already done so with even more getting ready to make similar moves.
For New Hampshire, this has created a regulated operation in which more than 16 million wagers have been placed, according to the Lottery, and the biggest beneficiary of that new revenue flow is the state’s public education system which gets a portion of the revenue from sales.
That equated to nearly $100 million towards education in the 2020 fiscal year, profits that previously benefitted offshore sportsbooks that are now being wisely redirected back home.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]