With the start of online sports betting in North Carolina less than three weeks away, the North Carolina Lottery Commission unanimously approved several items presented by the agency’s sports betting committee on Wednesday.

The commission also started the process to release a state-required report on carrying out the North Carolina law passed last June allowing online North Carolina sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.

Commissioners Finish Final Details Before Launch

Earlier this week, the committee updated the commission on licensing North Carolina sports betting operators. The commission expects eight operators to open for business in the state on March 11.

During Wednesday’s full meeting, commissioners reviewed the voluntary self-exclusion program and the agency’s complaint and wager dispute process.

Citizens can register for the self-exclusion program online and in person. The dispute process involves submitting a form online at NCGaming.gov, the state’s legal gaming website. Commissioners also approved rules for tribal-owned sports betting companies that want to operate outside tribal land.

The commission amended rules prohibiting commissioners, agency staff and immediate families from playing lottery games. The new rules now include sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering too.

Commissioners and staff will receive a list of venues in the U.S. where they cannot engage in betting.

Legislative Report Due March 1

North Carolina’s sports betting law requires the commission submit a study on carrying out the sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering law. Staffers have worked on the report for months. It is due on March 1 to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee.

Commissioners Are Optimistic For Successful Launch

At Wednesday’s meeting end, Commission Chair Ripley Rand expressed confidence in the progress made so far.

“We continue making significant strides towards putting all pieces together and preparing for the successful launch of sports and pari-mutuel wagering on March 11, which is not far off.”

While North Carolina sports betting apps launch in three weeks, bettors can start downloading apps, funding accounts, and checking North Carolina sportsbook promos on March 1 at noon.

One available bonus is from BetMGM North Carolina. New players can enter the BetMGM bonus code “ROTOBONUS” to get a risk-free bet up to $1,000 on their first wager.

If the first bet loses, BetMGM will refund the amount lost in site credit. Players must be physically located in North Carolina and at least 21 years old to create an account.

In addition to BetMGM, other North Carolina sports betting apps expected to launch on March 11 include:

Each app will offer new player promotions around launch day. Check each North Carolina sportsbook’s website and app for terms on deposit matches, risk-free bets, and more.

✅ Fact Checked on February 24, 2024 by Ken Weaver