Gov. Ned Lamont and Mohegan Tribe Agree to Expand Gaming in Connecticut

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The state of Connecticut has reached an agreement with the Mohegan Tribe, the owners of the Mohegan Sun Casino in Ucansville, Connecticut, to expand gaming in the state, including online gaming and sports betting. The deal however, was made without the state’s other tribal nation.

In a written statement, Governor Lamont said:

“This agreement represents months of hard work and dedication to getting a deal that’s best for the residents of Connecticut and moves our state forward when it comes to the future of gaming. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a devoted partner in these efforts like the Mohegan Tribe, as they have been open to negotiation, honest discussion, and a positive path forward that is beneficial for both their tribe and the State of Connecticut.”

The governor’s office says that the deal is worth “tens of millions” of additional revenue to the state. Lamont is banking that iGaming and Connecticut sports betting will be legalized this year. He already included $47M in revenue from the two into his budget starting in fiscal 2022.

Details of Connecticut Sports Betting Agreement

Under the deal, a 20% tax rate will be levied on new online gaming while a 13.5% tax rate will be imposed on Connecticut sports betting. The agreement is good for 10 years and has a five-year expansion option.

As part of the deal, the Connecticut Lottery will be allowed to operate 15 retail sports betting shops, including new ones in Hartford and Bridgeport. The Lottery can also sub-license some of the operations to Sportech but Sportech will not get operations or an online skin of its own.

Eastern Connecticut Lawmakers Upset

Meanwhile, the members of the Eastern Connecticut said that the “cannot accept” any gambling expansion agreement reached by Gov. Ned Lamont and the Mohegan Tribe if it does not include the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The bipartisan group sent a letter to the Governor urging him and the state’s two federally recognized tribes to complete an agreement by Sunday.

Rodney Butler, the chair of the Mashantucket Pequots said on Tuesday that it was “disrespectful” for the Governor to announce a gambling agreement with only one tribe when the Mashantucket Pequots have been actively participating in the discussions for months and in good faith. Butler however said that his group is open to continuing the discussions but has a financial issue with the deal.