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On Thursday morning the first official sportsbetting wager was legally placed at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia, making the state the fifth in the union to offer the service legally.
The first wagers were revealed by representatives of the West Virginia Lottery Commission. The service launched a couple days ahead of schedule, with the original plans being to start on Saturday, September 1st. The first official bet was on college team West Virginia to win the NCAA Division I Championship, with a $50 wager that would pay out 60/1 should it come to fruition.
The sportsbook at Hollywood Casino is powered by William Hill, which obtained a license in the state earlier this month.
With the launch, West Virginia joins Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi as being states where sportsbetting is legal and regulated.
Speaking about the launch West Virginia Lottery Managing General Counsel Danielle Boyd said, "We are pumped! It's been a long road."