Off to the races: Gov. Lamont places bet during grand opening of sports betting at Mohegan Sun
Gov. Ned Lamont kicked off the grand opening of legal sports betting at Mohegan Sun Thursday by placing a $50 bet on the Connecticut Sun.
Lamont placed the bet at the temporary FanDuel sportsbook, with windows and kiosks ready to take the first legal sports bets in the state.
The Sun is favored by 7.5 points this weekend and Lamont says it was his first time betting on sports ever.
Former Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet and former Patriots safety Darius Butler were on hand to place bets on their old teams.
Online sports gambling is still on the way and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation hopes to have it up and running by early October.
Lamont praised the state and the tribes for how quickly things came together.
"We got this passed after some negotiation in May, and here we are just four months later casting the first bet. I think that's faster than you've seen in any state in the country. And that's what we like to do, we like to sit down, with friends, have constructive negotiations, and get things done," Lamont says.
Lamont also stopped at Foxwoods for a hard hat tour of their new DraftKings sportsbook.
The federal government gave final approval Monday for sports gambling to go forward in Connecticut.