The State Lottery Commission, which has been tasked with overseeing sports betting in North Carolina, voted Wednesday morning to authorize gambling on sporting events starting March 11, just one day before the beginning of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. According to commission staff, in preparation for the launch of in-person and online sports wagering, licensed operators may begin enrolling gamblers and accepting deposits into user accounts as early as March 1. So far, the state has received applications from nine gambling companies seeking to operate sports betting in North Carolina.
Last June, the North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to a bill legalizing sports gambling in North Carolina, and Governor Roy Cooper signed the bill into law on June 14, 2023. NC Family testified on multiple occasions in both the State House and State Senate in opposition to HB 347—Sports Wagering/Horse Racing Wagering because of the harms it will bring to individuals, families, and our state. Read more about our concerns here and here.