On May 3, 2019, the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, authorizing licensed and regulated sports wagering in the District of Columbia, went into effect.
Current and prospective ABC licensees that want to add sports wagering devices or kiosks to their premises must secure advance approval from the ABC Board. Additionally, licensees must also secure a Sports Wagering Operator license through the Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) which issues and enforces Sports Wagering Operator licenses autonomously.
Current ABC licensees must submit a Sports Wagering Substantial Change Application in accordance with District Official Code § 25–762.
Prospective ABC licensees may request a Sports Wagering Endorsement on their initial ABC application.
Both applications require applicants to detail the:
- Quantity and type of sports wagering devices or kiosks to be added.
- Location of where each sports wagering device or kiosk will be located onsite.
Review and Approval Process
Notice of new ABC license applications requesting a Sports Wagering Endorsement and those that the ABC Board considers to be a substantial change will be given to the parties outlined in § 25-421 including affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
Members of the public may protest the change pursuant to § 25-601 and the ABC Board will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that establishments located within a two block radius of the four (4) designated Sports Wagering Class A Facilities including Capital One Arena, Audi Field, Nationals Park, and St. Elizabeth’s East Entertainment and Sports Arena are not eligible for a Sports Wagering Operator license. Licensees should consult the OLG-maintained map that details the exemption areas before submitting a request.
Additionally, licensees with Settlement Agreements are encouraged to review their agreed to terms to determine if sports wagering would be allowed. Settlement Agreements can be located using ABRA’s Record Search Tool.