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10 More Communities Approve Sports Betting Retail Locations


Voters in 10 communities gave in-person sports betting the green light during Town Meeting elections Tuesday.

Under a state law passed in 2019, up to 10 in-person gambling parlors can open statewide, but before a community can serve as a host, local voters first must give approval at the ballot box.

According to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, which is regulating sports wagering, voters in Belmont, Derry, Hampton, Hinsdale, Hudson, Newmarket, Pelham, Rollinsford, Salem and Seabrook approved a ballot question Tuesday.

Voters in Lincoln, Littleton, Milford and Swanzey rejected the question.

Last November, Manchester, Berlin and Laconia were among the cities that also passed the measure.

The Lottery Commission has contracted Boston-based DraftKings to operate both in-person and an online wagering option, which rolled out in late December. Under the terms of the contract, the state will receive approximately half of the “take,” with those proceeds supporting education in the state.

The Lottery Commission is forecasting approximately $10 million in revenue once in-person gambling halls are up and running.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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