The North Carolina Education Lottery has unveiled its plans to kickstart online sports betting in North Carolina by 2024. Last week the agency announced its roadmap for the launch of online NC sports betting apps in the state – a law that was recently signed by Governor Roy Cooper. According to the law online sports betting will commence on January 8 2024 with an extension until June 14 2024.

Although no specific timeline was provided in the announcement made last week, lottery officials had previously stated their intention to meet the initial January 8 deadline to launch DraftKings Sportsbook North Carolina and other NC sportsbook promos.

The chair of the state’s lottery commission addressed this undertaking during a recent discussion. In their statement, they emphasized their commitment to maintaining standards of integrity and quality work while simultaneously licensing and regulating these newly introduced North Carolina sports betting wagering activities. They also acknowledged the public’s curiosity regarding when North Carolina will begin allowing sports betting and assured them that updates regarding program launches will be shared transparently and in a timely manner.

The North Carolina lottery is actively searching for an experienced individual to lead their sports betting and horse racing programs. They are conducting a search to find the right candidate for this position.

Additionally, the lottery will be hiring staff members who will be responsible for developing and managing the sports betting industry in North Carolina. To keep the public informed about the process, they have launched a new website that includes a helpful FAQ section for future bettors.

Now that Governor Cooper has signed off on it, the lottery commission is carefully reviewing their responsibilities under the law. They will be working diligently to create and implement rules and regulations as well as prepare applications for licenses. Although specific dates for the application process have not been announced yet, there are plans in place to hold meetings regarding sports betting.

The commission’s dedication to betting programs is clearly outlined on their new website. They are committed to ensuring that individuals engage in sports betting responsibly.

The proposed measures include:

  • Implementation of a program for self exclusion
  • Prohibition of individuals in the self exclusion program for sports betting from participating in horse racing wagers
  • Introduction of age verification requirements
  • Mandatory disclosure of responsible gaming training provided to employees by sports betting operators during the application process
  • Inclusion of resources for gambling addiction in advertising materials
  • Ensuring that advertising and marketing efforts do not target individuals under the age of 21

Regarding the available resources and provisions for implementation, lawmakers in North Carolina have passed legislation allowing up to 12 online sports betting licenses. Additionally, eight professional sports organizations have the opportunity to collaborate with operators to establish sportsbooks.

The state plans to levy an 18% tax on sports betting revenue and collect 1% from pari mutuel horse racing bets. The generated revenue will be allocated annually towards causes, including:

  • Supporting athletic departments at thirteen state universities (, up to $300,000)
  • Assisting North Carolina Amateur Sports ($1 million)
  • Contributing to the North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council ($1 million)
  • Funding the North Carolina Problem Gaming Program ($2 million)

The remaining funds will be divided between the fund of North Carolina, a new fund dedicated to attracting major events to the state, and supporting athletic departments at all thirteen universities.

Legislators in 2020 granted approval for three sportsbooks to operate at tribal casinos within North Carolina.

✅ Fact Checked on January 17, 2024 by Ken Weaver