irginia’s first online sports betting licenses could be approved within the next two or three weeks, according to the state’s lottery.
“If a licensee is ready to go, some of them could be up and running by the Super Bowl. That’s a good opportunity. It’s the biggest thing on the sports calendar all year, so we might be able to launch with a bang,” Kevin Hall, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery told 13News Now on Tuesday.
The Virginia General Assembly approved legislation on casinos and sports betting last year, legalizing the introduction of online wagering as of 2021. The Virginia Lottery is in charge of regulating online sports betting in the state, and it received 25 applications for 12 available licenses.
While the exact companies and sites have yet to be announced, Hall confirmed that the Norfolk and Portsmouth casino projects have both submitted applications to operate online sports wagering in the state. In the November elections, both projects passed local casino referendums with a nearly 66 percent approval rate by voters.
Kevin Hall, Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery.
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