Sununu launches legalized sports wagering with bet on Patriots
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Gov. Chris Sununu didn’t risk alienating any voters when he launched legalized sports betting in New Hampshire on Monday with a ceremonial $82 wager that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl.
“It’s got to be on the Patriots, right?” Sununu said, drawing cheers from supporters in a packed downtown bar where the New Hampshire Lottery kicked off the new program.
Sununu pushed for legalized sports betting last February in his second inaugural address, and the state legislature responded quickly to approve the measure. It was signed into law in July. Lottery officials were hoping to have in place the first phase — online and mobile betting — by early 2020, and it all came together ahead of schedule.