Sports betting coming to DC

In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, a patron checks the odds at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
WASHINGTON — Sports betting is coming to the District as soon as this fall.

The D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill that fast-tracks sports betting. The D.C. Lottery will assume the role of being the city’s sole operator of gaming.

The council’s bill gives Intralot, the operator of the D.C. Lottery, a new contract and the authority to be the only mobile platform, allowing residents to place a bet from anywhere.

D.C. joins a handful of states that legalized sports betting following a Supreme Court decision to end a federal ban on the practice.

Four members of the council voted against the bill.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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