The second week of March has been earmarked by the Montana Lottery Commission as the installation date for a wave of new Sports Bet Montana betting kiosks across the state.
The Commission convened last week to make several important decisions regarding sports wagering, including the types of sports Montanans will be offered and the kinds of bets they can make. Lottery officials estimate that the kiosks will be in the field beginning the week of March 9.
“We are in the home stretch of our planning and testing,” said Jennifer McKee, Montana Lottery Communications Manager. “We are really looking forward to getting Sports Bet Montana in the market and we’re as excited as Montanans are for betting to begin.”
The commission voted to approve a range of wagers including moneyline, over/under, in-game, parlay, spread, prop bets and future bets. Approved professional and collegiate sports comprise basketball, baseball, hockey, football, soccer, tennis, boxing/MMA, golf and motor sports
The lottery launched Sports Bet Montana in December, when it began accepting and processing sports wagering licenses. Since then, the lottery has licensed more than 100 sales agents and continues fine-tuning the communications and technology pieces that will power Sports Bet Montana in the market.
Most of that work is now complete and Montana Lottery crews have begun installing communications equipment in retail locations. They expect to begin placing the betting terminals the week of March 9, with training for sales agents to follow very quickly after the equipment is installed.
As soon as sales agents are trained they can begin selling as Sports Bet Montana will be live on the terminals immediately upon installation.