The director of Delaware Lottery has urged fellow state lottery regulators to embrace sport betting, after the government-body recorded almost $17m in wagers for September alone.
The comments came as Vernon Kirk addressed the annual North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, following Delaware’s legalisation of sports betting in June.
“If you don’t participate in this then you’re going to get left behind,” said Kirk, adding Delaware’s investment in sports betting over the previous four months had been “wildly successful.”
Following the kickoff of the NFL season in September, sports betting totals hit $16.8m in the First State, a significant growth from $7.7m in August.
Increased betting activity in Delaware’s three racinos and sportsbook operators, Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington, brought an estimated $3.15m into the government’s coffers.
Kirk also predicted “a pretty big bump” in NASCAR wagering totals after fans acquaint themselves with on-site betting facilities.