Montana Lottery Publishes Sports Betting Rules, Plans to Launch Late 2019

Montana sports betting is less than two months from launch. The Montana Lottery has now published its draft regulations — the framework of rules that, once finalized, will unleash full-fledged legal and licensed wagering on the Big Sky State.

The Lottery said Friday that it expected to launch the market towards the end of 2019, rather than in 2020, as had previously been reported.

But first, the framework will be subject to a public consultation which will last for at least 30 days, with a public hearing scheduled for October 28.

Big Sky Thinking

Montana became the first state in 2019 to legalize sports betting and the ninth since the US Supreme Court rejected federal prohibition as unconstitutional.