Boston, Massachusetts, DraftKings headquarters has partnered with the New Hampshire Lottery to launch the state’s official mobile and online sports betting.
As the exclusive digital sports betting operator in The Granite State, people over the age of 18 are now allowed to bet on their favourite teams going into the New Year using the digital sportsbook from DraftKings. State laws of New Hampshire do not allow wagers to be made across state lines on state or college games college teams.
Governor Chris Sununu, together with DraftKings co-founderand Chief Revenue Officer, Matt Kalish and former NFL player Rob Ninkovich, made the official first legal sports wager on the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
“Sports betting is the right bet for New Hampshire,” stated Sununu. “We moved fast to get this done by partnering with a world-class company to provide a first-rate customer service experience and the state is poised to dominate the market. The launch of sports betting will also benefit our education system – a win for our kids.”
DraftKings also reports its plan to open a New Hampshire office location to work closely with the New Hampshire Lottery, with the company planning to operate as many as 10 retail sportsbook locations across the country.
Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery said: “This is a significant milestone and an exciting moment in the New Hampshire Lottery’s evolution, as sports betting represents a major addition to our portfolio of products.
“We are pleased to be working with DraftKings to introduce our players to a completely new way to win in New Hampshire and to continue maximising revenue for education in the Granite State. All of New Hampshire and New England is hoping the Governor wins his wager!”
After being selected through a competitive bidding process, the executive council approved the DraftKings ‘ contract with the New Hampshire Lottery in late November. New Hampshire will receive 50% of sports betting income as part of the agreement, which will support the goal of the New Hampshire Lottery to raise funds for education funding.
Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder, DraftKings added: “As a New England-based company, DraftKings is honored to launch our American-made sportsbook product in New Hampshire for the start of the NFL playoffs.
“We want to thank Governor Sununu, Director McIntyre and the New Hampshire Lottery for their commitment to launching safe, legal sports betting as soon as possible and we look forward to working with them closely for many years to come.”
Last week, DraftKings reached a formal corporate merger agreement with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition firm, and SBTech, a sports betting and gaming technology turnkey provider, merging the firms into one entity.