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Court denies injunction in Montana sports wagering license lawsuit

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 11:49:23-05

HELENA — A judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging sports betting rules in Montana, has denied an injunction that would have stopped the Montana Lottery from issuing sports wagering licenses until the lawsuit was resolved.

Arete Group, LLC, a Billings-based investment group, asked for the injunction as a part of their suit alleging they should be issued a sports wagering license by the Montana Lottery as outlined in House Bill 725 and passed by the 2019 Montana Legislature.

The Montana Lottery Commission added a rule last year requiring “an appropriate alcoholic beverage license” in order to obtain a sports wagering license.

Arete Group has already been granted a gambling operator license and argue the Montana Lottery Commission was wrong in adding the additional alcoholic beverage license as a requirement to obtain a sports wagering license.

So far, the Montana Lottery reports receiving hundreds of applications from businesses wanting a sports wagering license and are in the process of reviewing those applications and working on training for sales agents.