Online Sports Betting in
Mobile betting is avilable via the state lottery’s app, Bet On Montana
Where can you bet on sports in Montana?
Montant became the first state to legalize sports betting in 2019 and the Treasure State has since opened the door to retail and online sportsbooks. Montana’s legislators handed over the control of the betting industry to the state lottery.
Sports betting in Montana is available through The Montana State Lottery and the Sports Bet Montana app which you can download here >>.
You can place bets at venues that are authorized by the local lottery, such as bars and taverns. You can also bet via websites powered by the Montana Lottery, although only within the premises of licensed establishments.
The good news is that sports bettors can make single and multiway bets on thousands of events, safe in the knowledge that everything is being overseen by an official state entity.
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Betting kiosks rolling out across the state
The Lottery has placed sports betting kiosks to retailers all across the state, and those kiosks are now live. The rollout of these kiosks comes in waves due to the training process that is necessary to run these machines.
Montana sports betting news
Montana sports betting FAQs
What is the legal sports betting age in Montana?
While most states have a minimum age of 21, to bet on sports in Montana you have to at least 18-years-old.
Can you bet on sports online in Montana?
Yes, but with some restrictions. Firstly, can only bet on sports via the app/site powered by the Montana Lottery (powered by Intralot). Secondly, the mobile betting app, called Sports Bet Montana, will only work if you are physically present at an approved venue. This means you won’t be able to bet on sports at home.
Will I have to pay taxes on the money I win?
Yes. As in most states, sports betting is considered gambling and you’ll have to pay taxes on the money you win while betting sports.
Montana sports betting timeline
The downfall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) gave rise to sweeping changes across the U.S. In the months following the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling, seven states implemented their own sports betting laws. With the winds of change blowing, New Mexico’s tribal entities joined the party before a period of calm.
How did legal sports betting in Montana become a reality? Even though it was later to the party than the likes of New Jersey and Nevada, Montana’s entry to the US sports betting sector didn’t take long.
2018: Montana sports betting bills drafted
In the final month of 2018, three draft requests were processed. Seeing the success other states were having, Montana’s political figures were eager to explore the potential of state-sanctioned sports betting. In December, HB725, HB475, and SB330 were born.
2019: Montana Sportsbooks Become a Reality
With requests submitted in late 2018, the aforementioned bills were reviewed in February 2019 before initial drafts were written up.
By March, the bills had been moved around their respective chambers for discussions and edits. By the end of the month, they’d been formally submitted for discussion and voting.
In April, the bills were voted on across the Montana House and Senate. Amendments were made before subsequent votes took place. While S330 and HB725 made it through, HB475 died. This bill would have made pari-mutuel betting a part of the newly regulated landscape. However, at this stage, only single and multiway wagers are possible.
Eventually, in May 2019, Montana sports betting became legal. However, only HB725 was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock. In reviewing the two options, Bullock determined that the market wasn’t ready for SB330. Had he signed that bill, private operators would have been authorized to offer sports wagering in Montana.
However, in his mind, HB725 was the better option at this stage. Under the terms of this legislation, the Montana Lottery will have somewhat of a monopoly over the industry. In practice, this means only venues that are licensed by the lottery will be able to offer legal sports betting.
Those venues will only be able to use the odds provided by the lottery’s gaming provider, Intralot. Looking forward, this is likely to change in the future. For now, the Montana Lottery is Montana’s only licensed sports betting provider.