Gamblers Win, NJ Sportsbooks Lose on Super Bowl Sunday

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According to state gambling regulators, New Jersey sportsbooks lost $4.6 million on $34.9 million in the first major sporting event for bettors since sports gambling became legal last year.

Officials with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement say that casinos and horse tracks in the state paid $39.5 million to those who won Super Bowl bets.

Many gamblers backed the New England Patriots, who beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Sunday night and covered the spread of two-and-a-half points.

Joe Asher, chief executive of William Hill US, which runs sportsbooks at two Atlantic City casinos, says Super Bowl Sunday was by far the company's biggest day ever in the state in terms of the amount wagered.

He added the book broke even and also had a record day for mobile sign-ups and betting.

Officials with DraftKings, which runs mobile betting in the state along with an in-person lounge at Resorts Casino, say they too had a record day and paid out about $11 million in winning bets to customers.

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