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West Virginia’s sports betting wager pays off


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino- Racetrack could be offering sports betting later this year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced Monday.
(Intelligencer file photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — The kickoff to sports betting at West Virginia casinos could happen with the start of football season this fall.

State Lottery Director Alan Larrick made that comment Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — a law prohibiting sports betting in most states since 1992.

Meanwhile, he said, talks continue between West Virginia officials, the casinos, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to give professional sports organization a percentage of the money that gamblers bet on their games.

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