Gross wagers amounted to USD 312.3 M

Tennessee: sports betting yields USD 5.4 M in taxes in first two months

Sports betting narrowly passed in spring 2019. Republican Gov. Bill Lee let it become law without signing it due to his opposition to more gambling in a state without casinos.
2021-01-28
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The Tennessee Lottery's figures show $180.9 million in gross wagers, $167 million in gross payouts, and almost $3.1 million in privilege tax revenues from sports betting in December, all three topping the totals from November.

Tennessee Lottery officials announced on Tuesday that the state's online-only sports betting program generated $312.3 million in gross wagers in its first two months and $5.4 million in privilege taxes.

Legislative backers have said Tennessee's sports wagering market could yield $50 million in tax revenue annually, the Associated Press reports.

The Lottery's figures show $180.9 million in gross wagers, $167 million in gross payouts and almost $3.1 million in privilege tax revenues from sports betting in December, all three topping the totals from November.

Eighty percent of the tax revenue goes into an education account that mostly funds post-secondary scholarships. Fifteen percent goes toward local government needs and 5% funds gambling problem treatment programs.

Four sportsbooks are operating. The lottery hopes to have three more licensed in time to take Super Bowl bets, lottery CEO Rebecca Hargrove told state lawmakers Tuesday.

Sports betting narrowly passed in spring 2019. Republican Gov. Bill Lee let it become law without signing it due to his opposition to more gambling in a state without casinos. After the law took effect that summer, the lottery was tasked with coming up with rules and vetting operators and others looking to get into Tennessee’s industry. Now the lottery regulates how sports betting is carried out.

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