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Sports wagering contributes $2.8 million to the State of Maryland in February

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BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland’s 10 retail and eight mobile sportsbooks combined for $339,421,546 in handle and generated $2,796,880 in contributions to the state during February 2023. Each sportsbook contributes 15% of its taxable win to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, which supports public education programs.

Mobile handle in February was $325,078,708. That amount included $15,810,783 in free promotional play provided to customers by sportsbooks, which is deducted from the taxable win. Mobile wagering accounted for $2,698,767 in contributions to the state, while retail sportsbooks contributed $98,114.

Maryland’s sportsbooks do not have a limit on promotional play deductions in their first full fiscal year of operation. Thereafter, promotional play deductions are capped at 20% of the prior year’s taxable win.

A detailed summary of each sportsbook, including handle, hold percentage, prizes paid, promotional play, taxable win, and contribution to the state, is included in the attached chart and available for download at mdgaming.com.

Here are the statewide sports wagering totals for February 2023:

Handle (Amount players wagered, including free promotional wagers)

  • · Retail: $14,342,838
  • · Mobile: $325,078,708 (includes $15,810,783 in free promotional wagers)
  • · Combined: $339,421,546

Prizes (Winnings paid to players)

  • · Retail: $13,797,368
  • · Mobile: $285,409,534
  • · Combined: $299,206,901

Hold (Handle less prizes paid)

  • · Retail: $545,471 (3.8%)
  • · Mobile: $39,669,174 (12.2%)
  • · Combined: $40,214,644 (11.8%)

Taxable Win (Amount remaining after deducting prizes, promotional play and other amounts)

  • · Retail: $654,091
  • · Mobile: $17,991,778
  • · Combined: $18,645,869

Sports Wagering Tax (15% of the Taxable Win)

  • · Retail: $98,114
  • · Mobile: $2,698,767
  • · Combined: $2,796,880

Since the inception of Maryland’s sports wagering program in December 2021:

  • · Cumulative contribution to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund: $11,481,200
  • · Cumulative expired prizes contributed to the Problem Gambling Fund: $1,385,899

Maryland’s sports wagering market launched with five retail locations in December 2021. The first seven mobile sportsbooks launched in November 2022. As of the end of February 2023, there were 10 retail locations and eight mobile operators. Additional retail locations and mobile sportsbooks are expected to launch in the near future.

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