Bettors Wager Nearly $8.5 Million in New Hampshire on NFL Games During Record-Breaking Opening Weekend


Concord, NH – New Hampshire sports bettors wagered nearly $8.5 million on the National Football League last weekend, breaking the record set last year for total handle bet on opening weekend NFL games. Players bet nearly $7.2 million on the NFL opening weekend last year. So far this football season, New Hampshire players have placed more than 300,000 wagers on NFL and NCAA football.

"New Hampshire continues to provide the best sports gaming experience in the country,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “From cheering on our New England Patriots to always betting on a Tom Brady win, fans have an unparalleled experience here in New Hampshire – and we are on a roll!”

Making the most of growing sports betting momentum with the football season underway, the New Hampshire Lottery is introducing both a $5 Go Pats! Scratch Ticket, featuring a top prize of $100,000 on sale at more than 1,200 retail locations statewide, and a Go Pats! e-Instant game available online, featuring a $25,000 top prize. The New Hampshire Lottery has partnered with the New England Patriots since 2012 to offer Patriots-themed scratch tickets, but this is the first time the New Hampshire Lottery is offering an e-Instant game as well.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for sports fans across the northeast, and our record-breaking success this past weekend demonstrates interest in football is at an all-time high here in the Granite State,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery. “The NFL and NCAA football are our biggest sports betting drivers, making major impacts on our ongoing effort to maximize funding for education. Between the thousands of markets available on the DraftKings Sportsbook and the $5 Go Pats! scratch ticket and the Go Pats! e-Instant game, New Hampshire players have a wide variety of ways to get in on the action this season!”

Along with the $100,000 top prize, the $5 Go Pats! Scratch Ticket offers players a second-chance drawing opportunity to win New England Patriots game day experiences. Players can enter the second-chance drawing through the New Hampshire Lottery app. The New Hampshire Lottery’s New England Patriots scratch tickets have consistently been among the Lottery’s most popular scratch tickets.

The New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings are continuing to build on their success with sports betting in New Hampshire, as total sports wagering surpassed $861 million in Fiscal Year 2022, which reflects more than 65% year-over-year growth in total wagering. Of the $861 million, New Hampshire players wagered more than $670 million through mobile sports betting and more than $190 million at New Hampshire’s three retail sportsbooks: DraftKings Sportsbook at The Brook in Seabrook and DraftKings Sportsbook at Filotimo in Manchester and Dover.

New Hampshire residents can download the DraftKings Sportsbook app to place bets through DraftKings. Sports fans can place bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online at Together, DraftKings and the New Hampshire Lottery take responsible gaming seriously and the state-of-the-art app offers consumers a number of responsible gaming tools, including limit setting, cooling-off periods, and self-exclusion.

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