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Gov. Chris Sununu placed the Granite State’s ceremonial first legal sports wager on the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl alongside DraftKings co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Matt Kalish, and former NFL great Rob Ninkovich. (COURTESY PHOTO)

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings Inc. officially launched mobile and online sports betting in New Hampshire on Monday.

Residents 18 years of age and older are now able to bet on their favorite teams heading into the new year using DraftKings’ digital sportsbook.

Gov. Chris Sununu placed the Granite State’s ceremonial first legal sports wager on the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl at Shoppers Pub + Eatery at Indian Head in Manchester alongside DraftKings co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer Matt Kalish and former NFL great Rob Ninkovich, who retired from the Patriots in 2016.

DraftKings is the exclusive digital operator for sports betting in New Hampshire.

“Sports betting is the right bet for New Hampshire,” said Sununu. “We moved fast to get this done by partnering with a world-class company to provide a first-rate customer service experience and the state is poised to dominate the market. The launch of sports betting will also benefit our education system — a win for our kids.”

Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said: “This is a significant milestone and an exciting moment in the New Hampshire Lottery’s evolution, as sports betting represents a major addition to our portfolio of products.

“We are pleased to be working with DraftKings to introduce our players to a completely new way to win in New Hampshire and to continue maximizing revenue for education in the Granite State. All of New Hampshire and New England is hoping the governor wins his wager.”

DraftKings’ contract with the New Hampshire Lottery was approved in late November by the Executive Council. As part of the agreement, New Hampshire will receive 50 percent of sports betting revenue, which will support the New Hampshire Lottery’s mission to drive funds in support of education in the Granite State.

DraftKings, which is headquartered in Boston, is set to open an office location in New Hampshire in order to work in closer collaboration with the New Hampshire Lottery. DraftKings also will operate as many as 10 retail sportsbook locations throughout the state.

New Hampshire state laws do not allow wagers to be placed on college teams from the state or college games taking place within state lines.

Sports fans can place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online at sportsbook.draftKings.com.

For more information, go to nhlottery.com.

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