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08/12/2022

A Sure Bet for Kroger in Ohio

Grocery chain applies to install sports gaming kiosks in some stores
Gina Acosta
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Gaming kiosks must be located in a designated area of the store where employees can prevent underage betting.

Kroger and Acme Fresh Market have applied for licenses to have sports gaming kiosks at several locations in Ohio, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Acme Fresh Market has been preapproved for a kiosk at nine locations, including the Parma store on Pleasant Valley Road, seven in Summit County and one in North Canton. Kroger has been preapproved for kiosks at 42 grocery stores across the state. The list of preapproved locations can be found here.

Ohio passed a bill legalizing sports betting in December 2021, and the law goes into effect on Jan. 1. The law created a number of different ways in which to legally place bets, including mobile apps, physical sportsbooks, and kiosks, which will be regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The minimum age to place a sports betting wager in Ohio will be 21. A kiosk must be located in a designated area of the grocery store where employees can observe it to prevent underage betting.

Last year Ohio joined many other states in legalizing sports betting; this week Massachusetts became the 36th state (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize it.

Serving 60 million households annually nationwide through a digital shopping experience, and almost 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, Cincinnati-based Kroger is No. 4 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2022 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.