Rhode Island reports sports revenue rise

The Lottery said that punters spent US$10.6 million on sports betting in August.
The Lottery said that punters spent US$10.6 million on sports betting in August.

The Rhode Island Lottery has reported a month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue during August operations.

US.- The sports betting segment in Rhode Island has registered a positive performance in August. The Rhode Island Lottery reported overall sports betting revenue of US$851k in August as punters spent US$10 million during that month.

The Lottery said that punters spent US$10.6 million on sports betting. This means that overall revenue from those bets accounted US$851k in August, which is an increase from the US$827k reported the previous month. Consumers’ spending also increased US$2.3 million.

Twin River Casino in Lincoln was the leading facility during August, posting US$607k in revenue. Punters spent US$7.4 million, which is US$800k higher than what they directed to sports betting in July.

On the other hand, Twin River Tiverton experienced an 18.7% increase in revenues from July. August’s figure totalled US$243k, and consumer spending was US$2.1 million, a US$600k increase from July.

Judge in Rhode Island dismissed sports betting lawsuit

Last month, Rhode Island Judge Brian Stern ruled on a lawsuit involving sports betting. A former Republican candidate wanted to stop legal sports betting despite the legalisation not harming him in any way. That’s why the judge dismissed the lawsuit on technical grounds, as he said that he had no place to sue.

Stern rejected the argument of Harrop that locals were illegally denied a vote on sports betting and that it automatically required the court to settle the matter on public-interest grounds.

“As our Supreme Court has expressed, the court must avoid the temptation, no matter how interesting a legal issue is, to disregard the [standing] requirement, to distort the role of the judiciary and its relationship to the executive and legislature and revert [to] government by injunction,” Stern said. “The implicit rationale behind this rule has its roots in separation of powers. If a citizen wishes to challenge the action, they should have an actual stake in the controversy.”

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