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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 13: Placing and acceptance of wagers; use of mobile applications or digital platforms; excluded and self-excluded persons; unclaimed winnings

Section 13. (a) Holders of category 1 and category 2 licenses may accept wagers on sports events and other events authorized pursuant to this chapter in person at authorized facilities.

(b) Holders of an operator license may accept wagers on sports events and other events authorized pursuant to this chapter from individuals physically located within the commonwealth using mobile applications or digital platforms approved by the commission, through the patron's sports wagering account. The branding for each mobile application or digital platform shall be determined by the operator. All bets authorized pursuant to this section must be initiated, received and otherwise made within the commonwealth. Consistent with the intent of the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, 31 U.S.C. section 5361 to 5367, inclusive, the intermediate routing of electronic data related to a lawful intrastate wager authorized pursuant to this chapter shall not determine the location or locations in which the wager is initiated, received or otherwise made.

(c) An operator may: (i) accept wagers placed by other operators and (ii) place wagers with other operators; provided, that any operator that places a wager with another operator shall inform the operator accepting the wager that the wager is being placed by an operator and shall disclose the operator's identity.

(d) An operator shall not accept: (i) a wager from a person who is less than 21 years of age; or (ii) a credit card.

(e)(1) The commission or operator may ban any person from participating in the play or operation of any sports wagering consistent with rules and regulations promulgated by the commission. A list of all excluded patrons shall be kept by the commission and provided to each licensee. No patron on the exclusion list shall be permitted to conduct sports wagering pursuant to this chapter.

(2) The commission shall establish a list of self-excluded persons from sports wagering. A person may request their name to be placed on the list of self-excluded persons by filing a statement with the commission acknowledging that they are a problem gambler and by agreeing that, during any period of voluntary exclusion, they shall not collect any winnings or recover any losses resulting from any sports wagering. The commission shall adopt further regulations for the self-excluded persons list including procedures for placement, removal and transmittal of the list to sports wagering operators. The commission may revoke, limit, condition, suspend or fine a sports wagering operator if the operator knowingly or recklessly fails to exclude or eject from its premises any person placed on the list of self-excluded persons. The list of self-excluded persons from sports wagering shall not be open to public inspection.

(3) An operator that operates sports wagering through a mobile application or other digital platform may allow patrons to set self-imposed limitations on sports wagering when the patron joins the mobile application or digital platform.

(f) No employee may place a sports wager at any facility or through any mobile application or digital platform owned or operated by their employer.

(g) Sections 24, 24A and 27 of chapter 10 of the General Laws shall not apply to an operator conducting sports wagering in accordance with this chapter.

(h) Unclaimed winning sports wagers shall be retained by the operator for the person entitled to the wager for 1 year after the game or event in which the wager was won. If no claim is made for the wager within 1 year, the cash or equivalent cash value of the wager shall be deposited in the sports Wagering Control Fund established in section 15.