Sports Betting Bill Passes N.H. House | New Hampshire Public Radio

Sports Betting Bill Passes N.H. House

Mar 19, 2019

The N.H. House passed House Bill 480, which allows the Lottery Commission to conduct sports betting via mobile Internet devices and through physical sports book retail establishments.
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New Hampshire is a step closer to allowing betting on sports. A plan to authorize up to 10 sites for sports betting easily cleared the New Hampshire House on Tuesday.


Governor Chris Sununu banked on sports betting generating $10 million for the state his proposed budget.


And by a 3 to 1 margin, the House voted to let the New Hampshire Lottery Commission oversee up to 10 locations with legal sports betting. All sites would need local approval. Democrat Richard Ames of Jaffrey told colleagues that wagering on sports is already happening.


"Legal prohibition of sports betting has failed. House Bill 480 will bring sports betting out of the shadows, and provide appropriate rules of the road for all sports betting participants," Ames said.


Those rules include a prohibition on betting on high school sports or most events involving college teams from New Hampshire. The proposal now moves to the state Senate.