The New Hampshire Lottery has received 13 proposals from potential vendors and retailers looking to offer sports betting in the state, as officials prepare to enter the final stretch towards launch.

This follows the group issuing a request for proposals for implementing sports betting across the region last month, following which responses were due last week.

The legislation is to see the creation of a division of sports wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery to oversee sports betting. 

Legislation prohibits any wagering on New Hampshire college teams or any college games taking place in the Granite State, with players having to be 18 years of age or older to make bets.

Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation in July authorising the New Hampshire Lottery to conduct sports betting, which will be permitted through up to ten physical sportsbook locations, and as many as five online sportsbooks.

The New Hampshire Lottery expects to approve final contracts by the end of November 2019, and aims to launch sports betting by early 2020.

“We are pleased and encouraged at both the robust number of responses and the overall quality of proposals,” explained Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. 

“As the critical next step in the process, we look forward to reviewing each response carefully and thoroughly to ensure we can ultimately make the right decisions in launching a sports betting system that engages and protects players, while also driving crucial revenue for education in the Granite State.”

Given the confidential nature of the RFP process, the New Hampshire Lottery states that it is unable to release any further information at this time.

With both mobile betting and retail gambling to be allowed throughout the state, the activity is expected to produce an estimated $7.5m for education in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5m two years later.