Mobile sports betting goes live in Virginia Thursday evening

Mobile sports betting goes live in Virginia Thursday evening
Legal online sports betting could begin in Virginia early next year. (Source: WDBJ)

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Lottery says the first mobile sports betting permit has been awarded to New York City-based gaming company FanDuel, and betting goes live in Virginia at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The permit was awarded through its partnership with the Washington Football Team, which the lottery said was granted “substantial and preferred consideration” by the Virginia General Assembly.

A spokesperson with the Virginia Lottery said decisions on other permit awards are imminent, and that it is anticipated that multiple sportsbooks will begin accepting legal wagers from Virginians in time for the Super Bowl on February 7.

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