The New Hampshire Lottery can now take the next steps towards launching sports betting.
The state-run lottery has received 13 sports betting proposals from vendors and retailers that wish to offer sports wagering in New Hampshire.
On August 7, the Lottery issued a request for proposals (RFP) for operating sports betting in the state. Responses to the Lottery’s RFP were due before 20 September.
Charlie McIntyre, the New Hampshire Lottery’s executive director, said: “We are pleased and encouraged at both the robust number of responses and the overall quality of proposals.”
What happens next?
The Lottery has decided not to release details on the 13 proposals it has received at this time. This is due to the confidential nature of the RFP process. The state Lottery will now look at each of the 13 proposals and select suppliers and retailers to offer sports betting in the state.
McIntyre added: “As the critical next step in the process, we look forward to reviewing each response carefully and thoroughly to ensure we can ultimately make the right decisions in launching a sports betting system that engages and protects players, while also driving crucial revenue for education in the Granite State.”
The New Hampshire Lottery expects to approve the final sports betting contracts by the end of November and launch sports betting in the state in early 2020.
Previously, the Lottery said that sports betting partners could be in place by January 1, 2020, and that the sports betting market could launch at the start of July 2020.
Sports betting in New Hampshire
In July, New Hampshire became the second New England state to legalize sports betting. Land-based, online and mobile sports betting is now legal under the state’s new law. The law allows the New Hampshire Lottery to award licenses to 10 land-based venues and five online and mobile sportsbooks.
Bettors in the Granite State must be 18 years old and can create online accounts remotely from anywhere within state lines. The bill also permits in-play sports betting via online platforms only.
However, New Hampshire’s betting law prohibits wagering on collegiate events that take place within state lines.