(Columbus) - Sometime in the next year, you'll be able to go somewhere in Ohio to place a legal bet on an athletic event. On Wednesday, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law HB19, which legalizes sports betting in the Buckeye State.
Both the Ohio House and Senate had overwhelmingly passed bills legalizing betting on professional and college sports, but a conference committee decided it would be the House bill that would go to the governor.
The sports gaming will be operated by the Ohio Lottery and the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and they will have until January 1, 2023, to set up the system. Casinos, stadiums, bars, and restaurants will be able to apply for licenses.
Governor DeWine had said he's not a fan of sports betting, but he also said that Ohio needs to catch up with other states.
Under the bill, nearly all the state's profits will go toward the state's K-12 schools.
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