New Hampshire December sports betting handle sets record

New Hampshire sports betting handle grew to $51.6m in December, setting an all-time monthly record in the Granite State.

Handle rose approximately 11% from November, when New Hampshire took in $46.5m worth of wagers.

Sports betting revenue for December was $4.5m, down slightly from $4.8m the month prior.

The DraftKings mobile app accounted for $43.7m of the monthly handle. DraftKings is the only mobile operator regulated by the New Hampshire Lottery.

The figures, released Friday, cap off a positive week for the New Hampshire Lottery, which prevailed in an Appeals Court battle with the Dept. of Justice over the federal Wire Act.

The US First Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Lottery and its provider NeoPollard, who challenged the DOJ’s 2018 reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

The Appeals Court ruled that the Wire Act’s prohibition on interstate commerce does not apply to state-run lotteries.

“Overall, this decision is important for the U.S. lottery industry as a whole by alleviating concerns related to the legality of traditional retail or online lottery sales (also known as “iLottery”) which rely on the transmission of lottery data over the Internet,” NeoPollard said in a statement after the ruling announcement.

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