Milk, eggs, bets: Kroger and Acme Fresh Market call for sports betting kiosks in grocery stores

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PARMA, Ohio — Milk, eggs and a bet on a Browns game could be on grocery lists next year. In addition to bars, restaurants and bowling alleys, grocery stores are looking to add sports betting kiosks.

Acme Fresh Market and Kroger have applied for licenses to have sports gaming kiosks at several locations in Ohio. The only grocery store in Cuyahoga County to be pre-approved so far is the Acme store in Parma.

A cleveland.com reporter reached out to both grocery chains for comment.

The state law that legalized sports betting created multiple ways to place bets, including mobile apps, physical sports betting, and kiosks for which more than 1,100 companies have been pre-approved so far.

The first possible day for legal bets is January 1st.

Acme has been pre-approved for a kiosk-style “Type-C” in nine locations, including the Parma store on Pleasant Valley Road, seven in Summit County and one in North Township.

Kroger has been pre-approved for kiosks in 42 grocery stores across the state. The chain does not reach Greater Cleveland.

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The kiosks will be primarily the responsibility of the Ohio Lottery Commission. The necessary “Type-C” licenses will come from the Ohio Casino Control Board, but only after companies receive a recommendation from the Lottery Commission.

To obtain a Type C license, businesses need a D-1, D-2, or D-5 liquor license, all of which allow on-premises consumption and take-out purchases. Companies must also be licensed lottery sales agents.

Any retailer who has the correct liquor license and is a lottery sales agent can apply for the kiosk license, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said.

So far, 28 bars and no grocery stores have been pre-approved for Type C licenses in Cleveland. A list of pre-approved businesses is published by the Lottery Commission each Friday.

If a business wants their kiosk to start on January 1, they must submit their application to the Casino Control Commission by August 15.

Has your favorite bar been pre-approved for a sports gaming kiosk?

Your neighborhood bar, bowling alley, or favorite golf course may have a sports betting kiosk.

Use the searchable table to see if your favorite bar or restaurant has been pre-approved. This works best if you search by city, but you can also search by company name, zip code, and address.

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