CONCORD, NH – Governor Chris Sununu on Friday signed HB 480, an act relative to sports betting, with New Hampshire lottery officials and lawmakers.
“Sports betting is the right bet for New Hampshire,” said Sununu. “With the exciting new addition of sports betting, the New Hampshire Lottery will continue to drive critical revenue, putting even more money into our educational system. Today’s action will provide financial support and important resources to help our public education system, which will benefit every child in every school across the state — a win for New Hampshire.”
“Sports betting represents an exciting new chapter for the New Hampshire Lottery and our loyal players,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. The New Hampshire Lottery is well-positioned to strategically administer sports betting to maximize revenue and to protect our consumers.”
“I am proud to be the prime sponsor of this bill,” said Representative Timothy Lang. “This bill brings sports betting – once treated as an illicit activity – into the light, and in doing so, increases the freedoms and protections of New Hampshire citizens. It’s not often you get a win like this; this is a win for the citizens of New Hampshire who will now have increased consumer protections and increased liberties, it’s a win for New Hampshire businesses as it provides more business opportunities throughout the state, it’s a win for the State of New Hampshire as it grows our already booming economy even further, and it’s a win for our children as the money raised from this bill will be used for education funding.”
The sports betting legislation, which creates a Division of Sports Wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery to oversee sports betting, allows for mobile wagering and prohibits any wagering on New Hampshire college teams or any college games taking place in the Granite State. Players must be 18 or older to make wagers. This new division will oversee all aspects of sports betting in a thorough and thoughtful manner.