Michigan is known for many things, including being the only state in the U.S. that borders four of the five Great Lakes, and, of course, its status as the top state in the nation for auto manufacturing. That being said, the Wolverine State can now add to the list, after in February, Michiganders wagered $301.9 million on sports, more than any other state’s residents did in their first full month after launch.
The stellar results extend the record-breaking debut of iGaming in Michigan on January 22, 2021, making it the sixth and earliest state to surpass that watershed, after generating $115.2 million in bets in the first 10 days of online gambling after launch through the end of the month, according to PlayMichigan.
iGaming and sports betting operators in the midwest state reported $89.2 million in gross receipts for the month of February, with the former accounting for $79.7 million and the latter, $9.5 million.
Executive Director for the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), Richard S. Kalm said both the state’s residents and visitors “continued to show strong interest in internet gaming and sports betting during a snowy and cold February.” He went on to say that internet gaming taxes more than tripled, but that it was expected with a full month of gaming. Kalm said the increase “means more funding for the City of Detroit, K-12 education, economic development and tribal communities.”