Sportsbook operators in Virginia had a much more successful month of March than did the state’s college basketball teams.
The University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University both got bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — the former in a true stunner of a finish vs. Furman. The state’s sportsbooks, on the other hand, did the bouncing vs. bettors. In March, operators posted their highest collective hold percentages, gross revenue tallies, and adjusted revenue figures of the year to this point.
The total handle for March reported by the Virginia Lottery came in at $511.6 million, the fifth time in the last six months it landed between $500 million and $530 million — the lone exception coming in the 28-day month of February. Wagering handle was up 17.9% month-over-month and 9% compared to March 2022.