Imagine watching the Columbus Blue Jackets or Ohio State Buckeyes and having a chance to legally bet on the game. Now a bipartisan bill at the State House moves to make that dream a reality.
The legislation introduced by State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) would create a sports gaming advisory board would be created and administered by the Ohio Lottery Commission. Betting would be taxed at 10 percent with money going to the Lottery Profits Educations Fund. Two percent of revenue would go to the gaming and addiction fund and other money would go to public education.
"I don't think it's a bad idea or anything like that. It definitely increases people’s interest in sports if they have money on the line,” said Ohio State student Troy Nagy.
Derek Longmeier with Problem Gambling Network of Ohio said his organization doesn’t have a problem with gambling but wants any new efforts to expand options to be done so responsibly. Longmeier said gambling addiction has grown in the past with new options. Prior to the casinos and racinos opening, we had about five percent of the population that were problem gambling.