Sports Gaming

House Bill 29

On December 8, 2021, the General Assembly passed House Bill 29, legalizing and regulating sports gaming in Ohio. The bill, which took effect March 23, 2022, allows sports gaming through licensed operators of online sportsbooks and brick-and-mortar establishments. The bill sets a comprehensive licensing and regulatory framework under the jurisdiction and rulemaking authority of the Commission. The bill also creates the Ohio sports gaming lottery, operated by the Ohio Lottery Commission through terminals at certain liquor permit establishments. 

The bill requires all forms of sports gaming be allowed to start accepting wagers on the same date. The Commission has announced that the universal start date for sports gaming will be January 1, 2023. A timeline on the many steps that must be accomplished before a proprietor or services providermay commence sports gaming can be found here. The Commission will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you would like to receive email updates from the Commission on sports gaming regulations, you may join our sports gaming mailing list.

Statute and Rules

Online and brick-and-mortar sports gaming is generally governed by R.C. Chapter 3775 and Ohio Adm.Code Agency 3775. For more information on the sports gaming lottery, please visit the Ohio Lottery Commission’s sports gaming webpage.

Licensing & Investigations

For information on licensing and investigations, including instructions on how to apply and how to find a list of applicants or licensees, please visit the Commission's Sports Gaming Licensing Page.

Sports Gaming FAQs

*Updated November 16, 2022

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