New Hampshire residents to vote on sports betting locations

New Hampshire voters will get to have their say on sports betting next week.

Voters in nine of New Hampshire’s cities will get to vote on whether to permit land-based sports betting in their cities.

The vote will take place during New Hampshire’s municipal elections on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

The following cities will get to vote on land-based sports betting next week: Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester and Somersworth.

In a statement, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery said: “We have been working directly with city leaders and residents in recent months to ensure they have all the information they need regarding sports betting implementation.

“We are pleased to see this response from cities across the state interested in putting this sports betting question before voters. We look forward to continuing to be a resource for community leaders as we launch a successful and responsible sports betting system in New Hampshire.”

DraftKings wins NH Lottery RFP process

This news comes just days after fantasy sports provider turned sports betting operator DraftKings, won the New Hampshire Lottery’s RFP process for land-based and online sports betting.

This means that DraftKings could be awarded a license to offer sports betting in New Hampshire.

Back in August the state lottery published details about its RFP for sports betting in New Hampshire. DraftKings managed to beat 12 other companies hoping to offer sports betting in the state.

Although DraftKings ranked first for land-based and mobile betting, it doesn’t mean the other bidders will be left out. New Hampshire’s betting law allows up to five mobile operators and 10 land-based operators to serve the state.

The New Hampshire Lottery will now enter final negotiations with prospective sports betting operators. DraftKings has proposed to share 51% of its gross gaming revenue with the state if it is granted an exclusive contract to operate mobile sports betting.

Sports betting in New Hampshire

In July, New Hampshire became the second New England state to legalize sports betting. Land-based 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 mobile sportsbooks.

Residents and visitors in the Granite State must be 18 years old to bet 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.

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