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Enough NC Senators Agree Sports Gambling Bill Is Good Bet

Enough North Carolina state senators have agreed a sports gambling bill is a good bet. The Senate voted Thursday for a measure that would direct the state lottery commission to issue between 10 and 12 licenses to entities that can offer online and in-person betting on pro, college and Olympic-style sports. The bipartisan measure advanced to the House although a majority of Senate Republicans voted against it. Social conservatives have remained opposed to the idea. A bill sponsor said such gambling is already happening online and through unlawful bookies in the state, so it makes sense to regulate the wagering and tax it.