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More Than 6,000 People Register On First Day Of Mobile Sports Betting In NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 6,000 people registered to bet on sports in New Hampshire in the first day since the launch, according to the state lottery.

New Hampshire became the second New England state to offer sports betting on Monday, with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu placing the first bet on the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. The state now offers sports betting online and on mobile devices.

Rhode Island launched sports betting a year ago.

The New Hampshire Lottery reported Tuesday night that there were more than 6,000 registered players and more than $250,000 wagered so far. The lottery said it's seeing a significant number of Massachusetts residents registering and playing in New Hampshire.

The lottery described the initial numbers as "very promising."

"Clearly there is strong consumer demand that will only grow as we market this new and exciting product," Charlie McIntyre, the lottery's executive director, said in a statement.

New Hampshire approved a six-year contract with DraftKings, which is headquartered in Boston, to operate sports books in the state. A state law allows anyone over 18 to participate.

New Hampshire will receive 50% of sports betting revenue. The wagering is expected to produce an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 paved the way for states to allow sports betting. It is now underway in 14 states.

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