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Montana Lottery looks to fantasy sports betting

7 May 2008

HELENA, Montana -- As reported by the Missoulian: "The Montana Lottery wants to kick off a statewide fantasy football betting game in time for this fall's professional football season, the agency's director said Monday.

"The fantasy game is part of a plan passed during the 2007 Legislature to save Montana horse racing by allowing the Board of Horse Racing to offer fantasy sports betting. The board, which receives its funding from race licensing fees, had been on the brink of financial collapse as the sport and industry declined. Currently, only three Montana cities offer horse racing: Billings, Great Falls and Miles City.

"...At the session, board members agreed to work with the Montana Lottery to come up with a game. Sherry Meador, the board's lawyer, said she expected football will be the first of what could be many statewide fantasy sports games, including baseball and NASCAR.

"...Although fantasy leagues exist nationwide, Montana is one of four states that allows betting on the leagues..."

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