KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly returned to a Kansas City, Kan., casino to cash out the first legal sports bet made in Kansas. b
Kelly bet $15 on the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LVII. He made the bet in September after sports betting became legal in the state.
That $15 bet turned into $165 as soon as the Chiefs won the Super Bowl earlier this month.
On Thursday, Kelly returned to the Barstool Sportsbook inside the Hollywood Casino to cash out her winnings.
The governor said his decision to bet on the Chiefs was due in part to the team’s quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
Because of her determination to win, Kelly said she plans to donate her $165 in winnings to Mahomes ’15 and the Mahomies Foundation. Hollywood Casino said it also donated a $1,500 check to 15 and the Mahomies to support the charity’s work in the community.
Governor Kelly said the Kansas City Chiefs are always a good bet.
“I was asked if I would like to bet more than $15. The answer is of course. If I had, I would have contributed so much more to such a great cause,” Kelly said.
The first month of legal sports betting in Kansas generated more than $1.3 million in revenue for the state. In December that number increased to $10.6 million, according to Kelly.