CT Lottery launches retail sportsbooks.

  • Sports Haven officially became the first retail sportsbook in Connecticut after Gov. Ned Lamont placed the first bet at the grand opening on Monday.
  • Connecticut has already successfully launched their online sports betting industry, and more retail sportsbooks are expected to open in the following weeks.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first retail sportsbook in Connecticut, Sports Haven, opened in conjunction with the Connecticut Lottery on Monday in New Haven.

The launch of the retail sportsbook comes a week after the successful launch of Connecticut’s online sports betting industry.

Governor Ned Lamont, as well as other notable Connecticut leaders, were present at the grand opening event Monday afternoon. Gov. Lamont placed the first bet at Sports Haven, a $20 wager on the New York Giants over the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend.

Gov. Lamont says that Connecticut’s newly regulated and legalized sports betting industry is a fun addition to the state economy.

The president of the Connecticut Lottery, Greg Smith, expects the new industry to lead to record tax revenues from the lottery, which contributed about $400 million yearly to the State General Fund even prior to the expansion of the sports betting industry.

The tax rate on sports betting revenue in Connecticut is 13.75%.

Smith says that retail sports betting venues at Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar locations in Stamford and Windsor Locks will start accepting wagers in the following days, which will bring more options to sports bettors.

Lamont placed the first in-person sports wager at the Mohegan-owned Mohegan Sun on Sept. 30, which marked the beginning of the limited launch of the sports betting industry in Connecticut. Lamont then layed a wager at the nearby Pequot-owned Foxwoods Resorts Casino. A soft launch of online sports betting followed on Oct. 12, and then all limits were lifted a week later.

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