As the state moves toward authorising sports wagering and online betting, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) has reported that it received 15 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) responses for sports betting ahead of the April 23 deadline.
Governor Ned Lamont and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes announced in March that they had reached an agreement to enable the tribes and the CT Lottery to provide sports betting and online gambling in the state.
On April 12, the CLC released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for trained and experienced sports betting solution providers for online and retail sports wagering systems and services.
Requests to partner with CLC
Chairman of the CLC, Rob Simmelkjaer, said: “We are pleased to see significant interest from companies who would like to partner with the CLC to bring our online and retail sports betting offering to market.
“Our staff and board will now begin a process of carefully reviewing the qualifications of the submitting parties as we work towards choosing the right partner in this important initiative for our state.”
The CLC stated that an online and mobile network, as well as a retail channel, would be operated in up to 15 retail locations, with at least one in each of Hartford and Bridgeport.
The lottery also stated that it would send out invites for eligible responses to be presented, and finalists will be selected to submit formal business plans.
The lottery will be able to sell state-wide online sports betting skins – with partners and suppliers to be determined – as well as operate 15 retail sports betting outlets, including new venues in Hartford and Bridgeport, under the terms of the agreement.
CLC will also be able to sell draw games and Keno goods online by subleasing some of those retail locations to the state-licensed pari-mutuel operator. The agreement also provides an 18 percent tax rate on new online commercial casino gaming revenue generated by the tribes for the first five years, followed by a 20 percent tax rate for at least the next five years.