DC Sports Betting Helped Out By March Madness

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on April 6, 2023
NCAA Basketball Tournament Boosts DC Sports Betting March 2023 Numbers

After taking a slight tumble last month, recent data from the DC Lottery shows that sports betting in the Nation’s Capital is again trending up.

For March, the Lottery’s GamBetDC generated $6.5 million in sports betting handle, compared to $5.7 million in February. As a result, GamBetDC collected over $860,000 in gaming revenue for the month.

The most recent figures from the Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) also show the $6.5 million in sports betting handle is up from the $6.2 million generated during the same period last year. 

March 2023 sports betting numbers for DC

When dissecting March sports betting numbers, it’s easy to see that the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournaments played a significant role. Compared to February, sports betting in the nation’s capital was up in all three categories. 

March figures include:

  • Sports betting handle: $6.5 million
  • Revenue: $860,921
  • Number of bets: 216,293

February figures include:

  • Sports betting handle: $5.7 million
  • Revenue: $626,273
  • Number of bets: 176,293 bets

January figures include:

  • Sports betting handle: $8.7 million
  • Revenue: $862,722
  • Number of bets: 225,476 bets

Looking at the March YOY comparison, sports betting outperformed itself, generating slightly more revenue while betting handle remained relatively the same.  

March 2022 figures:

  • Amount played (handle): $6.2 million
  • Revenue: $511,800
  • Number of Bets: 197,190

DC sports betting year-to-date comparison

As for year-to-date, the lottery’s sports betting platform has generated over $41 million in handle off of 1,310,382 bets. For the fiscal year to date, DC sports betting has generated roughly $4.8 million in revenue.

Fiscal year-to-date figures:

  • Amount played (handle): $41,513,129
  • Amount won: $36,685,445
  • Revenue$4,827,684
  • Number of bets: 1,310,382

Unfortunately, compared to FY 2022, GamBetDC has taken one step forward and two steps back. 

  • Amount played (handle): $31,630,441
  • Amount won: $27,351,024
  • Revenue: $4,279,417
  • Number of bets: 960,277

DC’s responsible gambling funds are still locked away

DC sports betting law sets aside the first $200,000 in tax revenue each fiscal year for problem gambling purposes. However, the $600,000 collected through the end of fiscal 2022 on Sept. 3o, has been kept locked away.

Furthermore, according to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, there are plans to cut the contributions altogether and redirect them to the district general fund.

Keith Whyte, the executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said although $600,000 isn’t much for PG services, “it would have been a good start. I’m not sure that that $600,000 would have ever been enough to stand up a program, but it would have been a good start.”

According to Legal Sports Report, there is zero information on the DC Department of Behavioral Health‘s website about problem gambling services. “No one is going to seek help from your secret problem gambling program,” Whyte said.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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