The West Virginia Lottery Commission has approved emergency rules for online gaming in the state, with director John Myers revealing that operators could be up and running as early as June or July.
The emergency rules were approved by the Commission at a meeting on 29 April, and will now be filed by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office by 15 May.
The Secretary of State would then have 42 days to approve or reject those roles, Lottery director John Myers (pictured) told iGB.
“Once approved, West Virginia casinos can begin offering igaming under the emergency rules and minimum internal controls,” Myers explained. “Those rules will be good for 15 months until the permanent legislative rule is adopted by the legislature.”
The draft rules will allow each land-based venue to run up to three skins under its license, with a $100,000 license fee set for operators. Suppliers providing technology, content or systems required to operate igaming would be liable for a $10,000 fee.
The Commission would be able to grant interim licenses, allowing companies to act as operators or suppliers for up to 270 days, during which time a full review of each application would be carried out.