The Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) has raised $30m more for the state throughout November 2021 than what it did during the same period last year, according to reports.
As reported by WSHU, the lottery has made over $600m in the last five months, with all profits transferred to the state for good causes.
One reason cited for the recent success is the launch of Connecticut’s sports betting operations at the end of October.
Lottery officials told WSHU that sports betting saw steady growth throughout November, driven by a promotional event on Thanksgiving.
Following a seven-day soft launch period, PlaySugarHouse – the official sportsbook of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation – launched its online sportsbook in the state, offering betting options on a variety of professional and college sports divisions including spreads, money-lines, props, futures, and same game parlays.
Shortly after the online launch, the state opened up its retail sports betting operations with nine locations opening statewide from a legally permitted allocation of 15.
CLC Chairman Rob Simmelkjaer told WSHU that special consideration will be given to minority groups looking to fill the remaining six locations.
“Minority business owners, females as well — we are definitely hoping to see some applications from under-represented groups because we want to have a group of retail establishments and ownership groups that reflect the population of our state,” he stated.