With mobile sports betting expected to launch in North Carolina in the first half of 2024, the North Carolina Lottery Commission continues its hiring push. At the end of this week, applications will close for the director of licensing position.
The director of licensing will hold critical responsibilities as the state moves toward expanded legalized sports betting. Among those is creating the policies, procedures, and practices the lottery commission will use to investigate and rate sportsbook license applicants.
Applicants to become director of licensing are required to have five years of “extensive supervisory experience in progressively responsible licensing operations,” and candidates with sports betting licensing backgrounds are preferred.
The annual salary for the position is between $109,000 and $125,000.
While the director of licensing application remains open for a few more days, the lottery has worked in recent months to add to its staff.
Sterl Carpenter joined the lottery as the deputy executive director of gaming compliance and sports betting. He previously worked for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
The North Carolina Lottery Commission also recently added a pair of new associate attorneys to help as the commission works toward a mobile wagering launch.
Once the lottery bolsters its staff, it can move forward with opening sports betting licensing applications to mobile operators. The state’s legislation allows for up to 12 mobile sportsbooks to enter the state’s market.
The lottery is in the process of drafting regulations, which have yet to be shared publicly. Finalizing regulations and issuing licenses to operators are two of the most important tasks facing the lottery over the next few months.
There’s still no official timeline for when mobile sportsbooks will go live, but North Carolina’s legislation requires it next year between Jan. 8 and June 14. The Super Bowl takes place on Feb. 11 and March Madness begins on March 19, as two of the biggest events on the sports betting calendar.