Which States Allow Betting On 2024 NFL Draft Odds?

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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Being an information-based market, NFL Draft betting is not available in every state that offers sports betting. Rather than being a game with no surefire way of knowing the outcome for certain, the NFL Draft is a decision-based event. Someone has the answer – each pick is someone’s choice.

That setup sparked many states to ban betting on drafts. For example, New York launched legal sports betting in 2021. Over three years, bettors have wagered tens of billions on NFL odds. You cannot bet on the NFL Draft in NY. Other states allow it but with heavy restrictions. So, where can you bet on NFL Draft odds?

Where Is NFL DRaft Betting Legal?

Of the 30 states that offer online sports betting (as of April 2024), 15 allow wagers on the NFL Draft without restriction (plus Washington, D.C.). These states allow operators to offer an extensive catalog ranging from the first overall pick to player-to-team-specific props. Legislation is in place that green-lights the event as a whole. Notable states in this category include Colorado, Illinois, and newly-minted North Carolina.

Every state that allows NFL Draft betting without restriction:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wyoming

Louisiana also allows betting on the draft. However, sports betting is handled on a parish-level, the only state with that setup currently. As of 2024, all parishes that legalized sports betting allow NFL Draft markets.

States That (Kind Of) Offer It

Seven other states allow operators to offer NFL Draft markets, but not without individual approval of the law. For example, Ohio Casino Control Commission Director Matt Schuler individually signs off on every market offered in the Buckeye State. In 2023, Ohio offered among the widest range of draft props in the country. However, those markets were severely trimmed down for 2024. Gov. Mike DeWine has been a vocal proponent of stricter restrictions on betting markets, even banning college prop betting in March.

Major betting markets like Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada paved the way. These states recognize the potential for insider trading and restrict markets that aren’t determinant of other outcomes. For example, you’ll find markets on Picks 2-8 since they depend on preceding selections, minimizing the risk of insider information. However, player-to-team markets and positional markets may be absent.

States that allow NFL Draft betting with restrictions:

  • Arizona
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

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States That Ban NFL Draft Odds

The remaining seven states that offer online betting ban markets on the NFL Draft. Most are concentrated in the northeast. New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are the largest markets to ban the event. New York bans the practice because “The NFL draft does not fit into the definition of sports wagering as defined by statute.”

In short, they don’t classify it as a sporting event.

The full list of states that ban NFL Draft betting includes:

  • Connecticut
  • Kentucky
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

Many of the states that ban NFL Draft betting are some of the first states outside Nevada to have legalized sports betting. Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia launched in 2018. However, two of the most recent states, Kentucky and Vermont, followed suit.

Complete State Rulings

Below is a list of all states with legal online sports betting and their status on NFL Draft betting. States with restrictions typically have a director individually approving markets (like Ohio and Vermont). Offers will differ from state to state.

StateBet on NFL Draft?
ArizonaYes, but with restrictions
IowaYes, but with restrictions
LouisianaYes in legal parishes
MassachusettsYes, but with restrictions
MichiganYes, but with restrictions
NevadaYes, but with restrictions
New HampshireYes
New JerseyYes
New YorkNo
North CarolinaYes
OhioYes, but with restrictions
Rhode IslandNo
Washington, D.C.Yes
West VirginiaYes, but with restrictions