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$3.5 million wagered across Maine in first Super Bowl since launch of online sports betting

A waitress carries an order as fans watch the Super Bowl 58 NFL football game on screens at a sportsbook, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Gregory Bull
A waitress carries an order as fans watch the Super Bowl 58 NFL football game on screens at a sportsbook, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas.

Mainers across the state wagered $3.5 million on Super Bowl LVIII using online sports betting platforms, according to initial estimates from the Maine Gambling Control Unit. It's the first Super Bowl since Maine launched online sportsbooks this past November.

Around $2.5 million was paid out between the two online sportsbooks operating in Maine, DraftKings and Caesars Sportsbook. The state of Maine collected about $110,000 in state taxes on the sportsbooks' $1 million in revenue.

"Having a soft opening in November, I think that attributed to not receiving any complaints," said Milt Champion, executive director for the Maine Gambling Control Unit. "Everybody had a really good time with [sports wagering this weekend]. It's been quiet, and that's a good thing."

Wagers made 10 days prior to the Super Bowl are included in the betting totals. Champion says Maine is well on its way to collecting $6 million in state taxes on sportsbook gambling by the end of this year.

"Now we've got March Madness coming up," said Champion. "And then, of course, we have the Olympics this year. So that's probably going to be a decent event [for people] to wager on as well."

The full revenue report for the month will be made available in the upcoming weeks on the office's website.

Nick Song is Maine Public's inaugural Emerging Voices Fellowship Reporter.

Originally from Southern California, Nick got his start in radio when he served as the programming director for his high school's radio station. He graduated with a degree in Journalism and History from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University -- where he was Co-News Director for WNUR 89.3 FM, the campus station.

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