The DC Lottery rolled out its new GamBetDC app logo on its website in late March. The launch of sports betting has been delayed due to COVID-19.
The DC Lottery is hailing GamebetDC as “the new way to say sports betting in DC.” Players will be able to wager via their mobile phone or computer.
According to the lottery’s website, “GambetDC, the sports betting platform powered by the DC Lottery, is tested and ready to go live. At this time, almost all sports leagues around the world have suspended play indefinitely due to growing concerns around the COVID-19 virus and, as a consequence, there are little-to-no games or bets to offer. This goes for the Lottery’s offering, as well as any other sports books operating in the U.S. and globally. We are revising our sports wagering launch strategy based on the current state of world events, but will be posting information about the platform in the coming days, including introducing the brand and its functionalities. The Lottery and Intralot are prepared to launch the platform when it is safe for the sports world to return.”
Wagers can only be placed while in DC. The DC Lottery’s app and website platforms have a geo-fencing feature that requires GambetDC players to be within Washington, DC and not within restricted play areas of the District. For example, the National Mall is a federal enclave area.
GambetDC will allow users to bet on a variety of professional and college sporting events including basketball, baseball, football, soccer, hockey, tennis, auto racing, boxing, cricket and darts. Single-game bets, teaser bets, parlays, over-under, money line pools, exchange wagering, in-game betting, in-play bets, proposition bets and straight bets on sporting events are permitted.
The final rules implementing provisions of the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, effective May 3, 2019 (D.C. Law 22-312; 66 DCR 1402 (February 1, 2019), were adopted on March 13, 2020.
Profits from DC Lottery’s GambetDC are earmarked for the city’s General Fund, which supports public programs, services and initiatives.