New Mexico looking at sports betting options

Jul 31, 2018 3:00 AM

In New Mexico, the Lottery Authority is exploring the opportunity to offer new lottery games tied to sports results.

David Barden, Lottery Authority CEO, told local media a contract attorney for the agency is examining what the authority can or cannot do legally when it comes to sports-related betting. A possibility is a lottery game that would be tied to football game scores. However, he indicated it would be tied to football results randomly rather than involving any actual handicapping.

“We’re always looking for ways to increase revenues,” Barden said. He doesn’t, nevertheless, envision the authority becoming a sportsbook offering bettors a full menu of wagering opportunities.

Ismael “Izzy” Trejo, executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, said last week, the state’s horseracing tracks, which have slot machine casinos, should be permitted to offer Nevada-style sports betting.