HELENA — The Montana Lottery has approved the official rules governing sports gambling in the state, and unveiled the official name: Sports Bet Montana.
The Montana Lottery Commission approved the rules and name on Thursday Nov. 21.
The rules only allow sports betting only at businesses with gambling operator licenses, such as taverns and casinos.
Players will be able to bet in person at licensed facilities, or they could create “sports wagering accounts” with the state that would allow them to bet using electronic devices.
Players will also be able to set limits on the accounts to encourage responsible gambling, including spending, deposit and time-based limits. People who wanted to refrain from gambling altogether could file a form to keep an account from being created in their name.
The 2019 Montana Legislative passed House Bill 725, which authorized sports wagering under the authority of the Montana Lottery.
The rules must now be published in the Montana Administrative Register.
The Montana Lottery anticipates accepting applications from sales agents wishing to offer sports wagering by the end of the year.