Published: September 29, 2023

Sports betting committee established to aid state Lottery Commission

The latest step to establishing mobile sports wagering — approving the charter for a sports betting committee — was approved last week by the N.C. State Lottery Commission.

The commission appointed three members to the committee, led by Cari Boyce. The members are appointed annually.

The committee is designed to provide the commission with “oversight, direction and review with respect to the adoption, implementation, revision and revocation of rules and policy matters related to sports betting and pari-mutuel horse race wagering.”

Commission chairman Ripley Rand said that “putting an individual committee to deal with sports betting issues that don’t fit neatly into the other committees ... is an effective way to move things forward with sports betting in a more focused way.”

On June 14, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the bipartisan and divisive House Bill 347, titled “Sports Wagering/Horse Racing Wagering.” Cooper called HB347 a historic moment for the state of North Carolina, and one that will benefit the economy for generations to come.

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