Fairfield’s largest zip code ranks No. 37 in Ohio with more than 43,000 residents, but it ranks No. 1 with the number of bars and restaurants given prior authorization to host sports betting kiosks.
Ohio lottery officials published a list of 787 locations that have pre-qualified to host kiosks as of last week. Fairfield has 10 of those locations.
Sports gaming in Ohio becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2023.
Cobblestone Tavern owner Julie Sizemore says she wishes it was available now. She is one of the bar owners who sought pre-authorization.
“People will bet on anything with sports,” she said. “It gives the people in here something else to do.”
Sizemore says Cobblestone is in the Top 5% of Ohio bars selling KENO lottery game tickets, and the sales will sometimes match what the bar sells in beer and liquor.
House Bill 29, which was passed in December 2021, limits lottery sports gaming to wagers on sporting events approved by the Casino Control Commission. The Ohio Lottery says that includes:
- Spread wagers
- Over-under wagers
- Moneyline wagers
- Parlay wagers with no more than four components
Payout details are still forthcoming from The Ohio Lottery, but venues with kiosks will be cashing out winnings at $600 or less — the reportable tax threshold. Other winnings will go through The Ohio Lottery.
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