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D.C. Council approves legalized sports betting in District

Sports betting (File photo)

The D.C. Council approved legal sports betting on a 11-2 vote on Tuesday.

The “Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018” bill was introduced by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign the bill.

Now, sports fans will be able to buy a ticket to watch the Wizards or Capitals at Capital One Arena, for instance, and then place a bet on the game there.

In May, the Supreme Court ruled that states could legalize sports betting. Prior to the ruling, Nevada was the only state where sports bets could be made. It is estimated that as many as 30 states could legalize gambling within the next year.

In addition to Nevada, states now allowing sports betting include West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and parts of North Dakota.

Evans says there is $150 billion in underground gambling on sports in America thanks to the internet. He says it should be regulated and taxed, creating a new stream of revenue for the city.

It will be run by the D.C. Lottery.

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