The Treasure State became the first state in 2019 to legalize sports betting when Gov. Steve Bullock signed bill H275 into law. Montana became the ninth state with legalized sports betting.
There was actually a second bill, S330, that had reached Bullock’s desk, but he vetoed that measure in the interest of adopting a single-entity sports betting model for the time being. Under H275, the state’s lottery will run the sportsbook operation for the next seven years.
What still needs to happen?
Now that the bill has become law, efforts to reportedly have sports betting running at kiosks in licensed bars and restaurants and on mobile by the start of next NFL season in September will begin in earnest.
Projected Montana sports betting launch date
The plan is to have legal sports betting up and running by the beginning of the 2019 football season in September.