FILE - 2021 NCAA Tournament

A March Madness sticker for the NCAA college basketball tournament is placed on a window in downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 

(The Center Square) – Sports betting wagers rebounded in March with more than $300 million wagered, up from $266.5 million the prior month, according to Colorado’s revenue office. 

March’s wagers mark a 12.9% increase from February, which saw an 18.5% slump from $326 million in wagers during January.

The state collected more than $1 million in taxes on March’s wagers, and over $5.5 million total since Colorado legalized sports betting on May 1 last year.

The $300 million in retail and online wagers also put the state at $2 billion in total wagers since last May, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Gaming said. The state surpassed $1 billion total wagers in December.

“These large totals posted month-over-month show us that Coloradans are embracing this new form of entertainment,” Division of Gaming Director Dan Hartman said in a statement. “We look forward to what will emerge in the market moving forward, as more and more sporting leagues resume a regular schedule of play and what that will translate into returns for Coloradans.” 

The sports with the highest wagers in March were basketball ($106.9 million), NCAA basketball ($70.9 million), ice hockey ($13.7 million), and tennis ($10.8 million).

Industry analysts at PlayColorado attributed the month’s success to the NCAA’s March Madness tournament.

“With the NCAA Tournament, a return to growth is no surprise, but it is still good to see after a bit of a relatively disappointing month,” PlayColorado analyst Ian St. Clair said in a statement. “Considering the circumstances Colorado launched under, at a time when major U.S. sports were dormant, the state really has been one the U.S. sports betting industry’s great success stories.”

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.