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DraftKings Surpasses $1-Million Mark in Charitable Contributions

 “Pink ‘Em” Campaign in Partnership With Larry Fitzgerald Raises $119,000 for Breast Cancer

Boston (Oct. 31, 2019) –  DraftKings Inc. announced today successfully raising over $100K to support breast cancer awareness research and survivors in partnership with Larry Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund through the company’s first-ever “Pink ‘Em” charity daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. Over the course of all four NFL weekends in October, the Pink ‘Em campaign received 624K player entries from which all profits were donated. 

“With over half a million entries into our Pink ’Em contests this month, it is evident our players not only understand the importance of giving back through social responsibility efforts, but also crave the ability to do so on our platform,” said Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings. “We will continue to seek opportunities where our products can make a true impact in our communities.”

While Pink ‘Em represents DraftKings’ initial philanthropic initiative around breast cancer research, the company leverages its platform for many charitable efforts including the support of veterans’ education. Established in 2018, DraftKings’ Tech for Heroes program has committed over a million dollars toward aiding veterans and military spouses, and also hosted workforce readiness trainings across the country to teach high-demand tech skills. To date, Tech for Heroes has trained more than 150 veterans through tech classes in Austin, Boston, Columbus and San Francisco with new cities upcoming, including Hoboken and Las Vegas by the end of this year.

“We were thrilled when DraftKings approached the First Down Fund to be part of its Pink ‘Em campaign, and grateful for all the fans who entered the DFS charity contests to make this possible,” said Larry Fitzgerald, All-Pro NFL wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. ”We will put the funds raised to good use in the efforts to prevent breast cancer and support people affected by breast cancer.”

In the coming weeks, DraftKings will unveil a new series of corporate social responsibility initiatives to help further enhance the company’s charitable footprint with plans to engage more charities through unique offerings during the holiday season. To learn more, please www.draftkings.com or via mobile on both iOS and Android.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco as well as international.

DRAFTKINGS BRINGS DAILY FANTASY TO IOWA FOR THE FIRST TIME

Customers in the Hawkeye State Free to Join the 11 Million Globally Already Using App

BOSTON (October 25, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. announced today that its daily fantasy sports (DFS) products are now available for fans in Iowa. Recently passed legislation allows fantasy sports operators to offer paid fantasy contests in the state for the first time. Iowans are now free to experience DraftKings’ extensive suite of DFS products on the leading platform.

“In time for the Week 8 games of NFL season and NBA tipoff, DraftKings is thrilled to show The Hawkeye State why we have been able to establish ourselves as a premier destination for sports fans who want skin in the game,” said Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder at DraftKings. “We are excited to offer Iowans our daily fantasy products, featuring the largest prize pools you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

Iowa consumers will finally have the opportunity to take advantage of multiple innovations DraftKings has recently introduced to emphasize optimization of the customer experience for all skill levels, including:

• Establishing Fair Play Commitment Initiative to ensure a level playing field by prohibiting topearning or more experienced players from entering casual and beginner contests.

• Creating DraftKings Leagues, the first platform where players can create fully-customizable, private contests just for their friends or colleagues.

• Launching new and enhancing favorite game variants:

  • Showdown contests require players to draft a team from a single game, round or match all while staying under the designated salary cap. Showdown is particularly popular among fans for marquee events like the Super Bowl. DraftKings also enables In-Game Showdown so fans can construct lineups for a portion of the game after it has begun.
  • Classic contests require participants to draft a team across multiple games by selecting players by position listed in the available Player Pool while remaining under the designated salary cap. Classic is a popular option for fans during regular season games.

Sports fans in Iowa, more than 40 other U.S. states, and eight countries around the world can now join the game inside the game today by either heading to www.draftkings.com or downloading the DraftKings app via iOS or Android.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

DraftKings Media Contact

media@draftkings.com

DRAFTKINGS SPORTSBOOK COMES TO AMERICA’S HEARTLAND, OPENS IOWA LOCATIONS

Leading Sports Betting Operator Opens Premier Customer Experience at Wild Rose Casino & Resort

BOSTON (October 3, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. and Wild Rose Casino & Resort announced today the opening of three Wild Rose Sportsbooks powered by DraftKings at each of the Wild Rose Casino & Resort locations in Jefferson, Emmetsburg and Clinton, Iowa. The newest sportsbooks add to DraftKings’ already impressive lineup of state-of-the-art retail locations in New York, New Jersey and Mississippi.  Each location will be outfitted with betting kiosks and large videowalls providing an innovative retail sports betting experience that is sure to be a destination for Iowa sports fans and those in the surrounding region. 

“Football season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to bring our retail sports betting experience to Iowa,” said Tim Dent, Chief Compliance Officer at DraftKings. “Our retail locations allow fans to have an exceptional in-person experience with our product and we are proud to show off our industry-leading technological prowess in each of the three locations.  Iowa sports fans are in for a great time.”

The DraftKings Sportsbooks at Wild Rose will bring an immersive and entertaining gaming experience for customers. Each location will feature a large videowall displaying games, a mix of smaller TVs, odds boards and a scrolling ticker with live score updates, stats and other player information. Fans will be able to place wagers at three ticket windows, including one at the cashier in each casino, and six self-service betting kiosks in each of the sportsbooks.

“This sports book powered by DraftKings rounds out the entertainment options Wild Rose presents to its customers. More important, together with DraftKings, we are tapping into an emerging market of fans and players who enjoy the excitement and competition of sports betting,” said Wild Rose President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Timmons. “As they say, ‘Let it Reign.’”

Sports bettors in Iowa will be able to place bets on all major U.S. sports, including: professional and college football, baseball, professional and college basketball, hockey, golf, auto racing and much more seven days a week. The hours of operation at each sportsbook will vary by location.  

An important distinction in Iowa is that sportsbooks are not permitted to accept player proposition wagers involving an Iowa university or college. This regulation also extends to the opponents in games with Iowa schools. Pre-match and in-game wagering on Iowa schools and their opponents is permitted.  

DraftKings and Wild Rose will partner to bring DraftKings’ successful mobile and online sportsbook to Iowa. Once the app is live, Iowa’s sports betting law requires anyone who wants to set up a mobile account to register in person at one of the casinos. The in-person registration requirement expires on Jan. 1, 2021. Meanwhile, customers are encouraged to download the DraftKings Sportsbook app on Android and IOS devices to view the latest offerings and content.

For more information on the new DraftKings Sportsbook at Wild Rose, please visit https://wildroseresorts.com/sportsbook.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports. 

About Wild Rose Casino & Resort

Wild Rose is an Iowa-based gaming company that operates three casinos in Clinton, Emmetsburg and Jefferson. Since opening its first casino in June 2006, Wild Rose has welcomed more than 15.3 million people to its three properties with visitors from all 50 states and 27 countries. As a company, Wild Rose casino revenues have generated approximately $45 million for community projects and organizations in Greene, Palo Alto and Clinton counties as well as nearly $360 million in state and local fees and taxes.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Now Live in the Hoosier State

Customers Able to Place Bets in Indiana Using the Top-Rated Mobile Application

BOSTON (October 3, 2019) – Today DraftKings Inc. debuted its coveted mobile and online sportsbook for Indiana sports fans. Following momentum from DraftKings’ expansion as the top-rated mobile sports betting app in New Jersey and West Virginia, Indiana marks the third state to gain access to the innovative and engaging features offered on the digital sportsbook product.

“DraftKings could not be more thrilled to expand our national reach as states continue to open the market for legalized sports betting,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at DraftKings. “Since our sportsbook product launched in 2018, we have made it our number-one priority to provide sports fans with a responsible place to wager on a superior and technologically advanced sports-betting platform. With Indiana becoming the latest state to offer legalized online and mobile sports betting, we are excited to provide the top-rated sportsbook app to some of the nation’s most passionate and dedicated sports fans.”

Fans in the Hoosier state will have ample opportunity to bet on their favorite professional teams as well as collegiate sports, including Indiana’s popular Division I college and university sports teams with a variety of pre-match, in-play and player proposition wagers available.

The DraftKings Sportsbook platform provides fans an all-encompassing, skin-in-the-game experience from premier live wagering options with our FlashBet product, to thousands of featured odds boosts and promotions yearly, plus a wide range of traditional markets on major U.S. and international sports.

As game action unfolds, DraftKings customers can toggle seamlessly across the mobile sportsbook and fantasy apps. Sports fans can place their bets on the DraftKings Sportsbook app via iOS and Android or online at Sportsbook.DraftKings.com.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

Media Contacts:

media@draftkings.com

DRAFTKINGS BRINGS ITS HIGH-TECH SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VETERANS TO OHIO

“Tech for Heroes” to be offered free-of-charge to Columbus-area servicemembers 

BOSTON (October 1, 2019)– DraftKings will be hosting its Tech for Heroes (TfH) initiative in Columbus next month, offering military veterans and spouses free, comprehensive, high-tech job skills training. Having launched in 2018, the Tech for Heroes program has benefited nearly 150 veterans in Boston, Austin and San Francisco and will debut in a new city, Columbus, on October 14.

“When Tech for Heroes was launched in Boston in 2018, DraftKings knew that we ultimately wanted to provide this opportunity to as many veterans as possible, and the best way to do that is through the expansion of this program,” said Paul Liberman, DraftKings Co-Founder and COO. “We couldn’t be happier to be offering Tech for Heroes in Columbus, and we look forward to connecting with some of the many honorable veterans in the area.”

Working in partnership with the national nonprofit VetsinTech, the two-week training in Columbus will be taught by a certified instructor from Galvanize, a coding and data science talent development company. The initiative will focus on teaching veterans and military spouses web development skills, and upon completion, students will receive certified proficiency through Galvanize. DraftKings employees will also work with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech through mentoring.

“The Tech for Heroes program has made a significant impact on veterans in communities across the country over the last year, and we are thrilled to be expanding into new markets like Columbus,” said VetsinTech founder Katherine Webster. “We’ve received a great deal of feedback from veterans who have participated in Tech for Heroes since its launch, and we are proud to be working with DraftKings on using that feedback to improve this program and ensure we’re offering the best services available.”

Through the remainder of the year, DraftKings will continue to expand the Tech for Heroes program to additional cities across the U.S., training 100 veterans or military spouses by year-end. For additional information on the DraftKings Tech for Heroes program and to inquire about joining a class, please visit DraftKings Tech for Heroes.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports. 

About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!

DraftKings Media Contact:
media@draftkings.com            

DraftKings and Pepsi Partner to Produce NFL Live Prediction Challenge

Free Entry, Custom Challenge Features Weekly Questionnaire with Prizing for Correct In-Game Picks and Season-Long Leaderboard Standings

BOSTON (Oct. 1, 2019) – DraftKings and Pepsi have partnered to debut the Pepsi Live Prediction Challenge that enables fans to forecast in-game outcomes for each football Sunday of the regular season. Each week, registered players will be tasked with correctly answering a series of eight, multiple-choice questions relating to Sunday’s pro football games to earn points for a shot at their share of $5K and ascend the season-long leaderboard. In addition to weekly cash prizes, split among the top finishers, first place on the leaderboard standings will win a trip to the championship game in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“The Pepsi brand and its longstanding synergy with pro football hardly needs an introduction, making this partnership such a special opportunity for DraftKings to team up with an organization that genuinely shares our passion for the game,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings. “Our player community cannot get enough football and collaborating to launch the Pepsi Live Prediction Challenge on DraftKings helps to both satiate this ever-growing demand and further stoke fans’ competitive flames through new innovation.”

Among the weekly, pop-quiz-style questions will be one “Pepsi Zero Sugar” question of the week, which will always be the first question presented and offers double the points for correct responses. All other accurately predicted questions will receive one point each, totaling for their share of the $5K weekly max prize, while also counting toward respective season-long leaderboard standings and the grand prize. Players simply click on one of three given responses they wish to select for each individual question, and once all eight of the provided questions have been completed, customers can proceed with the submission. There are unlimited changes to picks available up until the first game of each week begins, and only Sunday football games will be eligible for selection. Once the lockout is lifted for the previous challenge week, players will then be allowed to make unlimited changes to any picks for the upcoming slate of games.

Available now on both mobile and web, the Pepsi Live Prediction Challenge will be accessible from both the DraftKings daily fantasy and sportsbook platforms. For more information and to get started, visit https://sportsbook.draftkings.com/lp/pepsi-challenge.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

Media Contacts

DraftKings

media@draftkings.com

Pepsi

Kristen Mueller (Kristen.Mueller@pepsico.com)

Emily Thomas (Emily.Thomas@theacceleration.com)