The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018. On that day, courts voted to allow each state to propose and create its own laws and regulations for sports betting.
Once this happened, New Hampshire began taking the necessary steps to legalize sports betting in the Granite State. Governor Chris Sununu passed bill H480 in July of 2019 to do just that, and by December 2019, the first sports bet was made.
However, legal sports betting in New Hampshire has developed a little differently than in other states. Only some cities in New Hampshire have voted to approve sports betting, while others have not.
Additionally, New Hampshire initially launched with only online wagering and made DraftKings Sportsbook the operator of choice. Retail sportsbooks in the state are now up and running in the cities that voted to approve sports betting. New Hampshire bettors are naturally also able to play daily fantasy sports games.
Other online gambling endeavors include the state iLottery, online purchase of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, and living betting on horse races. New Hampshire residents cannot play any form of online casino game or poker online, though.
New Hampshire is home to a large charitable gaming scene where players can play all sorts of games like poker and many table games at charitable casinos across the state. However, slot machines are still prohibited from these locations.
New Hampshire Sports Betting at a Glance
The Granite State became the 16th state to legalize sports betting in the US. In a show of true support, the New Hampshire Governor placed the first legal sports bet on December 30, 2019, on the New England Patriots.
In New Hampshire, sports betting is regulated by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, which chose DraftKings to be the sole operator of the state’s first betting app. They are also the only operator licensed to offer online sports betting in the state right now.
Revenues from the state lottery go towards supporting New Hampshire’s Education Trust Fund. The increased revenue from retail sports betting will likely drive the state to launch in-person betting sooner rather than later. Check out our New Hampshire revenue page, for all the latest updates on that state’s sports betting figures. Interestingly, as New York online sports betting is not yet available, New Hampshire actually generates more gaming revenue than the Empire State.
Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth were the first cities to vote to allow sports betting online in their areas. The expectation is that as many as ten retail gambling parlors could be launching in these cities soon.
Currently, DraftKings offers in-person sports betting at the following retail locations in Seabrook and Manchester:
- The Brook
Filotimo Casino & Restaurant
New Hampshire residents who enjoy travel can also check out these thriving sports betting markets elsewhere in the Northeast:
None of the three states that border New Hampshire (Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont) currently allow legal sports wagering.
New Hampshire Sports Wagering FAQs
Can you bet on college sports in New Hampshire?
Betting on in-state colleges is strictly prohibited in New Hampshire.
Where can I bet on sports in New Hampshire?
DraftKings Sportsbook currently has the exclusive rights to offer online sports betting in New Hampshire through their app. Retail sports betting is also available at select locations across the state, including The Brook in Seabrook, NH, and the Filotimo Casino & Restaurant in Manchester, NH.
Where does the NH Lottery money go?
Gambling revenue in New Hampshire goes towards supporting the state’s Education Trust Fund.