By Jim Workman for WV Press Association

West Virginia is poised to take advantage of the new opportunity as state lawmakers voted to legalize it during the 2018 session, concluded in March. Gov. Jim Justice allowed legislation to become law without his signature.

Wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports events should begin in the coming months as West Virginia Lottery activities. Supporters of the law contend sports wagering revenue will help pay for education, tourism and senior services in the Mountain State.

West Virginia’s five casinos are expected to implement sports betting in the coming months. A smartphone app is also expected to allow participants to place bets.

“There is a lot of illegal gambling going on across the country, so for us to be able to capture significant and meaningful dollars for our state, that’s what we ought to do,” Gov. Justice told reporters Monday. “I think it’s good news – great news.”

The recently passed state law may need to be altered, it has been suggested, to include integrity fee for sports leagues.

“The bottom line is, I think there’s real benefit always to partner with people rather…

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