By Harvey Hoffman

Irony of ironies:

The DC Office of Lottery and Gaming confirmed the app will have a public launch by the end of March when there will be precious little to bet on!

The app is currently in the user acceptance testing phase to ensure functionality and compliance with DC and federal laws.

Quality assurance testing of the DC sports betting app is already complete.

“We are revising our launch strategy now based on the current state of world events/no games happening, but we will be ready to fully debut our sportsbook when it is safe for the sports world to return to the court, field, etc.,” said Nicole Jordan, director of marketing and communications for the OLG.

More information, including the name of the app and brand advertising, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The global sports shutdown by the coronavirus will delay Intralot from likely offering some terrible odds. The DC Lottery approved plenty of markets but most are suspended or canceled.

Intralot went live with its first US sports betting operation in Montana last week. Leagues and tournaments were canceled or postponed shortly after the launch but we still got some insight into Intralot’s offering.

What we learned isn’t particularly inspiring: the majority of moneyline odds offered by the Montana Lottery’s Sports Bet Montana were worse for both sides compared to other US sportsbooks.

Intralot was the only possible supplier in Montana because sports betting was defined as a lottery game. Washington DC had other options but a councilmember with ties to a consulting firm that accepted money from Intralot helped push the deal through.

So far, Intralot has only won a lottery sports betting contract through a public bid in New Hampshire. DraftKings Sportsbook operates the app in New Hampshire.

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