10 New Hampshire towns approve sports betting retail locations

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Residents in 10 New Hampshire towns voted during annual town meetings to permit the operation of sports betting retail locations in their communities.

New Hampshire legalized betting on professional and college sports when Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in July. The bill, which launched in December, authorized online sports betting and up to 10 retail sportsbook locations, which have not yet been selected.

Towns that approved retail locations Tuesday included Belmont, Derry, Hampton, Hinsdale, Hudson, Newmarket, Pelham, Rollinsford, Salem, and Seabrook. The measure didn’t pass in Lincoln, Littleton, Milford, Pembroke, Swanzey, and Woodstock.

The New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings launched mobile sports betting on Dec. 30, and since that time, more than 40,300 registered users have wagered more than $42.5 million.

New Hampshire became the second New England state to offer sports betting, after Rhode Island. The state approved a six-year contract with DraftKings, which is headquartered in Boston, to operate sports books in the state. A state law allows anyone over 18 to participate.

DraftKings is expected to present specific locations to the Lottery Commission.

Other towns that approved the question earlier include Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth.

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