Wagering wins: Most Louisiana parishes back sports betting

Shreveport

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sports betting won with voters in most of Louisiana’s parishes on Election Day. Voters in at least 52 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes agreed in Tuesday’s election to allow sports betting in their parishes. Voters in at least five other parishes refused to allow the gambling within their legal limits. The parishes that approved represent most of Louisiana’s population, including all of the major metro areas. But sports betting on live action games is likely at least a year away because lawmakers still have to set the tax rates and regulations. Gambling companies poured more than $2 million into a campaign that pushed legalization of sports wagering.