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Kansas, Pennsylvania Governors Bet On Super Bowl

Friendly Wager Involved Food


Gov. Laura KellyThe leaders of Kansas and Pennsylvania have made a sports bet ahead of Super Bowl LVII.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced she will “be taking on” Governor Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania in a bet ahead of Super Bowl LVII featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

According to an announcement, the bet involved food.

If the Chiefs win, Governor Shapiro will send her soft pretzels from Philly Style Hand Twisted Soft Pretzel Bakery, cheesesteaks from Tony Luke’s, and mini Eagles doughnuts from Collegeville Italian Bakery. If the Eagles win, Governor Kelly will send him steaks from Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds from Sunflower Food Company in Overland Park.

“At the start of this NFL season, I placed the first legal sports wager in Kansas, betting on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl. Now, I’m doubling down by putting on the line two of my favorite Kansas foods: our steaks and our sunflower seeds,” said Kelly. “I can’t wait to see Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs bring the Lombardi trophy back to the Red Kingdom – and to celebrate by feasting on some Pennsylvania treats. Let’s go, Chiefs!”

In September, Kelly placed the first legal sports wager in Kansas, betting $15 – Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ jersey number – on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl.

According to the AGA, the casino industry’s top trade group, bettors plan to wager an estimated $16 billion on this year’s championship game, more than double last year’s estimates. With the expansion of legal sports betting, traditional Super Bowl wagers are expected to pass casual wagers for the first time.

Last May, Kelly signed a bill to legalize sports betting in Kansas, estimated to bring in as much as $10 million annually in tax revenue.

Kansas is one of 33 states in the country with some form of legal sports betting.

“The bipartisan effort has helped casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues attract more business to their establishments and has brought more revenue to the state,” her office said.