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North Carolina Hires Sports Betting Director

First Online Betting Sites To Launch In 2024


The process of launching online sports gambling in North Carolina is accelerating.

A veteran gaming professional with experience in regulating sports betting in Massachusetts will join the staff of the N.C. State Lottery Commission to lead its gaming compliance and sports betting division.

It was announced that Sterl Carpenter, who has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, is joining the commission in a new position: deputy executive director of gaming compliance and sports betting. Carpenter’s first day on the job was August 2.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on June 14 signed House Bill 347 into law, legalizing new forms of gambling in the state.

The bipartisan legislation authorizes online wagering on professional, college and amateur sports and horse racing in North Carolina. The state’s first online sportsbooks are expected to launch in the first half of 2024. Currently, North Carolina only has retail sports betting at tribal casinos. The new law makes the state the 28th in the nation with online sports betting, with eight other states only having retail betting.

In this role, Carpenter will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing a compliance framework for regulating sports betting activities.

Under the law, North Carolina State Lottery Commission regulates sports wagering and will be responsible for issuing licenses and collecting license application fees. Licenses will be valid for five years, and types of licenses include interactive sports wagering licenses, service provider licenses and sports wagering supplier licenses.

For the past eight years, Carpenter has worked for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, serving most recently as sports wagering operations manager and previously as regulatory compliance manager.

“After an extensive search, we have selected an experienced professional to serve in the newly-created role of Deputy Executive Director of Gaming Compliance & Sports Betting,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Carpenter has experience in all aspects of regulations and licensing as well as compliance. We’re pleased to have someone with Carpenter’s experience and expertise leading this new gaming program in our state.”