Ned Lamont, Connecticut Governorhas provided support for the full legalization of sports betting and online casino gaming within the state, both in and outside of tribal countries.
Lamont’s comments on the modernization of the state gaming industry were formulated in a two-year speech on the state budget, with economic expansion being a central theme.
Lamont claims the region should be left behind in the face of ongoing action by numerous states across the country, and also suggests running the growth of lottery games onto an online platform to allow the state to remain competitive.
“Our neighboring states are promoting sports betting and igaming, and Connecticut shouldn’t leave these opportunities to other states to capitalize on our inaction,” he said.
“My government has been actively negotiating with our tribal partners to bring the state’s gambling economy into the digital age. And I am submitting laws that reflect what I believe are the best choices to end this stalemate of inaction in a way that is in the best interests of the entire state. “
Lamont’s budget proposal assumes that expanding gambling would generate around USD 50 million in 2022/23, with the above negotiations taking place alongside the negotiations Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribe, owner of Foxwoods Casino Resort and Mohegan Sun., respectively.
The budget proposal states: “The governor firmly believes that we must recognize the development of the various markets and react accordingly in order to ensure the competitiveness of our state and offer our citizens opportunities.
“In addition, our state has a long and fruitful partnership with the two tribal nations in our state and has sought to build on that partnership by introducing sports games and online casino games.
“Connecticut shouldn’t leave these opportunities to other states to capitalize on our inaction. Our neighbors are legislating to make this happen, and we need to keep pace to modernize our gaming industry. “
Respond to the suggestion Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government and Scientific Games Special Initiatives, stated: “Governor Lamont proposed in his budget address today to approve Ilotterie, Igaming and sports betting with net sales of $ 50 million for the state from 2022 onwards.
“The adoption of online games and lotteries in Connecticut is a huge step towards wider mobile gaming adoption in the US. Forty-four states now have land-based casino games and lotteries, and mobile gaming is the natural extension of those programs in a digital world.
“The pandemic is accelerating the trend towards online gaming. If states with traditional casinos and lotteries allowed online gaming, they would generate over $ 4 billion in new revenue on top of sports betting at a time when state budgets are under tremendous pressure to find new revenue.
“Consumers are increasingly attracted to playing online casino games and Connecticut’s move shows that the states are starting to meet the needs of their people.”