On Tuesday, Hampshire Lottery commission announced that DraftKings’ proposal had the best score in online and retails sportsbooks, while Intralot proposal was the best for the lottery channel product.
There were 13 operators bidding for sportsbook provider niche in sports betting. DraftKings scored 810 points in online sports betting and 790 in retail sports betting while Intralot scored 680 in the lottery.
Other operators in the race for online sportsbook include: Kambi, Roar, William Hill, FanDuel, Churchill Down, Addison Global, Foxwoods, NewGioco, BetConstruct, Boston Billiards and Lupoli. Roar was a finalist for the retail channel but was never invited for contract negotiation. Four operators filled proposal for lottery channel, but only Intralot was considered.
According to New Hampshire Lottery website, DraftKings and Intralot contract will be approved for the NH Governor Chris Sununu in November. Earlier this month, Sununu said that he expects to place his first bet before the NFL season end.
According to NH sport’s betting law, online betting will offer all types of wagering, but Retail betting won’t provide any in-gaming.
DraftKings’ Offer to the State
NH Lottery Commission offered operators a chance to propose the tax rates they feel safe. DraftKing offered a 51 percent of its gross gaming revenue (GGR) to the state, in return, to be issued exclusivity in online betting in NH. The other offers by DraftKing include a 20 percent of GGR if the state chose three sportsbook vendors and 16 percent for five sportsbook. On both retail and online channel, Draftking offered 50 percent GGR while being assured of full domination. Intralot offered 19 percent of GGR to the state form the sale of lottery terminals.
A spokesperson reported to Casino.org that nine cities in NH are yet to decide whether to allow retail sportsbook in their communities, they include: Berlin, Concord, Dover, Claremont, Laconia, Somersworth, Rochester, Nashua and Manchester. A referendum poll will be held next week in the cities for voters to approve or disapprove the bill.
According to the NH Lottery spokesperson, no protest has been reported from bidder regarding the contract issuance. This is because of NH’s considerably small population of 1.4 million compared to other states. But experts believe that NH will attract gamblers from neighboring states which are yet to legalize sports betting.