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Montana to begin sports betting terminal roll-out on March 9


The Montana Lottery Commission has announced that it expects to begin the roll-out of sports betting terminals across the state in the week commencing March 9, with a view to allowing consumers to place legal wagers soon after.

Sports Bet Montana, the Montana Lottery’s new sports betting product, will be responsible for the terminals that will be installed at licensed locations.

Once the terminals are installed, the Montana Lottery will provide training to all staff that will be working with the machines, after which they will be able to begin offering sports betting.

“We are in the home stretch of our planning and testing,” the Commission’s communications manager Jennifer McKee said. “We are really looking forward to getting Sports Bet Montana in the market and we’re as excited as Montanans are for betting to begin.”

In December, the Montana Lottery began accepting applications for new sports wagering licenses, and has so far issued more than 100 permits to sales agents.

Consumers will only be able to place sports bets inside licensed locations across Montana, with rules approved by the Montana Lottery in November stating that wagers can be made on terminals or via a mobile while on site.

The Montana Lottery did not state whether mobile betting will also be available once the terminals go live in the week commencing March 9.

However, the Montana Lottery Commission this week finalised the type of bets that consumers will be able to place, voting to approve a range of options.

Players will be able to place money line, over/under, in-game, parlay, spread, prop bets and future bets via the terminals or on mobile. Consumers will be permitted to bet on approved professional and college sports such as basketball, baseball, hockey, football, soccer, tennis, boxing/MMA, golf and motor sports.