Voters Give Gambling Questions Mixed Result

Nov 5, 2019

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Voters in New Hampshire cities delivered a mixed message Tuesday on whether to allow sports gambling parlors in their communities.

A ballot measure that would permit sports betting passed in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Laconia and Somersworth. 

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But voters in Nashua, Concord, Dover and Rochester voted down allowing gambling halls in their municipalities.

Earlier this year, the Legislature approved up to 10 retail sports betting facilities statewide, with locations only going where local voters gave their approval.

Ultimately, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and the private company contracted to manage sports betting facilities will decide where the facilities open. Officials hope to have the first retail establishments up and running by March.

Gamblers may be able to place bets online in New Hampshire by January. 

The electronic gambling game Keno also had a mixed election night. Concord, Portsmouth and Keene all rejected a ballot question to permit the game, while Dover and Rochester approved Keno. In 2017, voting on the question in Rochester produced a dead heat, with the tie meaning the measure failed.