The New Mexico Lottery has plans to create a sports betting game. The game will be parlay-like wager with possible outcomes of at least three sporting events. Its board voted unanimously to approve it.
However, Rep. Matthew McQueen, Jason C. Harper and Rod Montoya are trying to prevent this game from being implemented. “This is just telling the lottery authority that we created the lottery to do lottery games, not sports betting,” McQueen was quoted in Legal Sports Report.
The bill also tries to prevent other lottery projects: Play at the Pump, VLTs and any lottery mobile apps that would allow purchases. “They’re trying to expand, and we’re trying to keep them focused on their given authority,” McQueen said.
The bill doesn’t limit current tribal rights to offer sports betting. One tribe has already started offering sports betting in New Mexico.