Will Ohio legalize sports gambling? Bet on it. Laura A. Bischoff, Dayton Daily News · February 18, 2020 at 6:00 am Ohioans love to take a chance on a lottery ticket, pull the handle on slot machines and gamble on table games — and the gambling options could be expanded if Ohio legalizes sports betting. On a per capita basis, Ohioans spent $270 on lottery tickets, wagered $694 at casinos and bet $990 on video slots at racinos last year — nearly $2,000, according to state records. The figure doesn’t include online wagering or illegal gambling, which are difficult to tally. And the total wagers could rise big time if Ohio follows 19 other states in legalizing sports betting. Gov. Mike DeWine said sports betting is eventually coming to Ohio but state leaders need to answer key public policy questions, such as how to address gambling addictions, whether it’ll be allowed on mobile phone apps and whether bets will be allowed on in-state inter-collegiate sports.