Patriots betting

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. New England Patriots fans are gearing up for Super Bowl 53 by betting on the team to win over the Los Angeles Rams, the first time they can do so legally in New England. Rhode Island is the only state in the region that has launched sports betting so far. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PROVIDENCE — The prospect of betting on the home team proved to be an incentive for football fans around the region to try out the new sports-betting offerings at Rhode Island’s two casinos, according to Paul Grimaldi, spokesman for the state Department of Revenue. 

Bettors wagered $6,471,599 combined, on a wide array of wagers tied to Super Bowl LIII, which featured the New England Patriots going for their sixth Lombardi Trophy against the Los Angeles Rams, according to figures released Tuesday to the R.I. Lottery from sports-book operator William Hill.

The sports book paid out $2,350,048 on the wagers, according to William Hill.

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