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Montana Lottery opens license applications for sports betting

Posted: 8:51 AM, Dec 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-10 10:51:14-05

GREAT FALLS — Sports betting in Montana is moving closer to becoming a reality, as the Montana Lottery has begun accepting licenses from businesses that want to offer Sports Bet Montana, the lottery’s new sports wagering product.

The 2019 Montana Legislature in May authorized the Montana Lottery to offer sports wagering. Since then, the lottery has been working on all aspects of designing and creating the new product. After a public comment period that ended recently, the official sports wagering rules were published in the Montana Administrative Register last week, paving the way for licensing to begin over the weekend.

Licensing is the first part of the Lottery’s roll out of Sports Bet Montana. As businesses become licensed, the lottery will begin statewide training followed by installing the new Sports Bet Montana equipment. Locations meeting the requirements for licensing can complete the license application by clicking here to visit the State of Montana’s eStop licensing portal.

Under the new law, players can only place bets at licensed Sports Bet Montana locations. Players can use a mobile app to see the upcoming events, the lines, and bets available, but they will only be able to place a bet from inside a licensed location.

Bets can be placed either on the Sports Bet Montana terminal or through the app when it is connected to the main Lottery system. This connection can only occur inside a licensed retail location.