It was a little better than half of New Hampshire voters decided they wanted retail sportsbooks in their cities. The Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery, Charlie McIntrye explained the ins and outs of legalized sports betting in New Hampshire. The bill was signed in July, and McIntrye addressed a crowd that had gathered for the signing. The director said he believed the revenue generated from legalized sports betting, would be a big bonus for the state. The five New Hampshire cities that will now have physical places where bets can be placed on sports are, Somersworth, Manchester, Berlin, Claremont and Laconia.

The Results Were Very Close In The Largest New Hampshire City Of Manchester

It was a close talley in Manchester, the state’s largest city. The final results indicated that 9,556 voters voted in favor of the bill, and 8,356 voters voted against it. Manchester is in the southern part of the state with almost 120,000 residents. Director McIntrye explained what the next phase will be for the sports betting industry in New Hampshire. McIntrye said, “with five cities voting to allow sportsbook retail locations, we can continue with the sports betting implementation process. This means developing a responsible system that engages players and drives revenue for education in New Hampshire.”

The New Hampshire Lottery Cultivated A New Department To Oversee Sports Betting

In lieu of sportsbooks passing in five states, the New Hampshire Lottery created a department to over the operations of sports betting. The Division of Sports Wagering will be in charge of sports betting in New Hampshire. The law that was enacted in July allows for ten retail sportsbooks locations throughout the state that has a population of 1,363,852. The five communities that passed sports betting on Tuesday will join Franklin County, whose voters passed sports betting in October. There are a few smaller towns that have not yet voted on the measure. They will have the opportunity to vote for sports betting during their local elections in the Spring of 2020.

Economists Say One County That Rejected Sports Betting Would Have Benefited Greatly

Local economists are a bit perplexed with Nashua, New Hampshire. The second-largest city in New Hampshire and New England proper rejected the measure. Nashua has a population of 91,000 and sits directly across the state line with Massuchutttes. The voting tally was very close and only failed by 68 votes. The measure had 4,665 voters in favor of sports betting, and 4,733 against it. Nashua now has two casinos that could have facilitated the sportsbook locations. Business owners and several residents said it was a mistake not to pass sportsbooks. The revenue it would have generated would have ‘a blessing’ for the many services needed. The bill can be put on the ballot again in future elections, and advocates for it say the will rally for it in the cities where it didn’t pass.