08.30.2022. Daily highlights
Student gets $1m Jackpocket lottery prize
A girl from Brooklyn has won $1m through Jackpocket, the third-party app in the US that offers official state lottery tickets. It was her first time playing $10 worth Cash4Life lottery tickets on her phone.
The 26-year-old nursing student becomes the sixth millionaire winner in New York state. She will use her prize money to clear her education debt and pay for her last year of studies, as well as to help her family and invest in the future.
“I was freaking out. I called my mom, and she’s like, ‘Are you serious?! You better make sure this is not a scam.’ I said, ‘Mom, I just went on my Jackpocket account and my win is on there.’
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of luck in my life. But winning this was a whole new world to me. It’s going to wipe my bill and slate clean. For me to have something like this, I won’t need to worry about it later. And I can make this grow bigger than what I actually won if I invest it the right way… it’s still such a shocker!”
She is one of six players in New York to have become millionaires through Jackpocket, with over 405,000 Jackpocket winners in the state to have claimed more than $65m in prize money since the app launched in 2021. Across the US, over $175m in lottery prizes has been won on Jackpocket by more than 1.1 million individual winners.
Kansas Lottery lists platforms that will launch sports betting
Kansas has listed sports betting platforms that will go live on September 1. The Soft launch will begin on September 1 followed by a full opening on September 8. The Kansas Lottery confirmed that the sportsbooks available will be as follows:
- Hollywood Casino will offer in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through Barstool Sports;
- Kansas Star Casino, in Mulvane, will have in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through FanDuel;
- Boot Hill Casino and Resort, in Dodge City, for now, will offer mobile sports betting through DraftKings;
- Kansas Crossing Casino, in Pittsburg, for now, will offer mobile sports betting through BetMGM, Caesars, and PointsBet.
Some weeks ago, Governor Laura Kelly confirmed that sportsbooks at Kansas’ four state-owned casinos could begin accepting wagers in September. She said: “Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”
Read more on Sports betting launch in Kansas.
Sports betting launch in Maryland updates
Maryland sports betting regulators are pushing lawmakers to expedite the prolonged sportsbook approval process. Regulators asked a committee of lawmakers to decide about approving rules and regulations to launch online sports betting. Thomas Brandt, chair of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC), asked legislators for approval due to the profitable football season closing in.
In the process, regulators must create and approve rules for sportsbooks before they can take bets. This process is crucial, as sportsbook rules cover key requirements. This includes event eligibility, record keeping, and other critical aspects not covered in the state’s sports betting law. Maryland’s mobile sportsbook rollout timeline has already run longer than more than 20 other states that have approved statewide online wagering. Most states take roughly six-t0-nine months from the time their sports betting legalization bill has been signed into law to the launch of its first regulated sportsbooks. Maryland will take at least 18 months.
Gov. Larry Hogan, who signed his state’s sports betting bill into law in May 2021, has been among the prominent critics of the lengthy rollout. In open letters and tweets, Hogan has pushed the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission to speed up the process, especially to get mobile wagering live by football season.
Maryland’s first retail sportsbooks opened earlier this year, but they predict to have a fraction of the revenue and tax-generating potential as statewide mobile betting. Regulators are expected to award two-dozen or more mobile licenses, which in turn are expected to make up more than 90% of the state’s total betting handle. Maryland is the last remaining Mid-Atlantic state without legal mobile betting.