New Jersey handled a record $1.3 billion in sports wagers in October, expanding its position as the highest volume sports betting state in the country, according to data released by the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement Wednesday.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks on June 14, 2018 before placing a bet at the Monmouth Park Sports … [+] Book on the first day of legal sports betting in the state, in Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Murphy on June 11, 2018 signed a law that authorized legal sports betting in New Jersey, ending a nearly decade-long saga that included a multimillion court battle against the nation’s top sports leagues and a landmark ruling from the nation’s highest court. (Photo by DOMINICK REUTER / AFP)
The $1.3 billion is a whopping 30% increase over the record $1.01 billion in sports bets New Jersey handled in September, which marked the first time a state had ever crossed the billion-dollar mark in a month.
About 90%, or $1.18 billion, of the October bets were placed online, while the remaining $124.2 million worth of bets were placed at physical sports books, according to the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
New Jersey raked in $45.8 million in total gaming taxes in October, nearly matching the $46 million it brought in in September.
$396.8 million. That’s how much gambling-related tax revenue New Jersey has brought in year-to-date, already a significant increase from the record-high $302.7 million New Jersey collected last year.
A 2018 landmark Supreme Court ruling allowed New Jersey to legalize sports betting in the state, and 32 states and Washington, D.C., have followed New Jersey’s lead and legalized sports gambling. Only 18 of those states have mobile wagering like New Jersey.
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