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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.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Arrives in West Virginia

The Digital Sportsbook is Officially Available for Customers in The Mountain State

BOSTON (August 28, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. today debuted its Sportsbook app for sports fans in West Virginia. The platform previously made history in New Jersey as the first mobile, online and legal betting offering outside Nevada. The official launch of the DraftKings Sportsbook in West Virginia, the second U.S. state where the product is accessible, follows DraftKings’ licensing agreement with Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: NASDAQ) in December 2018, and marks a pivotal next step for national expansion of the product.

“We are thrilled to continue our DraftKings Sportsbook expansion by getting our product into the hands of West Virginians,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at DraftKings. “We look forward to serving our fans with the top-rated DraftKings Sportsbook app, that features numerous consumer protection features and strives to provide the broadest selection of betting options with the best odds and rewards in West Virginia. DraftKings knows the American sports fan better than anyone, and we look forward to proving that in the Mountain State.”

Having paid out more than $720 million to customers in New Jersey, expansion of the DraftKings Sportsbook app to West Virginia is the latest move in the company’s commitment to providing the best and most enjoyable mobile sports betting product for consumers nationally. Fans in West Virginia will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition between the DraftKings Sportsbook app and the DraftKings Fantasy app to engage with their favorite major and niche sports worldwide.

“We are pleased to help welcome DraftKings to West Virginia,” said John Finamore, Sr. Vice President of Regional Operations at Penn National Gaming.  “They provide a quality online sports betting experience that will benefit their customers and the state.”

Sports fans in New Jersey and West Virginia 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 and Mississippi, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports. 

About Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company operates 41 facilities in 19 jurisdictions. In total, Penn National Gaming’s facilities feature approximately 50,500 gaming machines, 1,300 table games and 8,800 hotel rooms. The Company also offers social online gaming through its Penn Interactive Ventures division and has leading customer loyalty programs with over five million active customers.

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DRAFTKINGS LAUNCHES FLASH BET FOR MORE INSTANTANEOUS LIVE WAGERING EXPERIENCE

Wimbledon Debut of New Product Features Rapid, Real-Time Betting for Point-by-Point Action

BOSTON (June 30, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of Flash Bet; a faster, easier way for customers who love sports to engage in every minute of action through live betting and instant winnings. Released just in time for Wimbledon, the unique offering is the first of its kind and available only on the DraftKings Sportsbook. This new product feature continues the company’s reputation of being the first to market with new and innovative sports betting technology.

Flash Bet will allow customers to place live, in-game wagers quickly between points in a given match. Once bettors place their wagers via the Flash Bet tab on the mobile or online DraftKings Sportsbook, they will be able to view a timeline of their bet’s results and receive payouts seconds after the play is over. Embedded match graphics will show the ball as it moves across the court in real-time with descriptions of the service, points won and court type. The product is currently exclusive to live tennis wagering as DraftKings remains dedicated to enhancing every moment on the court into an elevated fan experience. 

“Live wagering is already widely popular today, but also represents a crucial part of the customer experience and engagement tomorrow,” said Jordan Mendell, Senior Vice President of Product Research and Development. “Short of playing on the court themselves, we are wholly invested in bringing our customers as close as possible to Wimbledon this year, while also giving them a taste of the lightning-quick innovations to come.”

As an industry leader for mobile and online sports betting, DraftKings has applied its prime positioning as a sports technology company to satisfy a growing customer base in excess of 11 million and counting. Flash Bet is another example of the innovative approach DraftKings has taken to develop a world-class product by streamlining the in-game wagering experience and helping usher in an expeditious era of sports betting through mobile technology advances.

The DraftKings Sportsbook app is available to download for both iOS and 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 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

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DraftKings Debuts New Sportsbook Pools Product to Simplify Experience for Casual Players

Latest Betting Format Pools Entries and Awards Prizes for Correctly Predicting Sports Game Outcomes

BOSTON (November 8, 2018) — DraftKings Sportsbook today announced the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook Pools, a new and easier way to bet on sports by selecting potential outcomes from a set group of sporting events. The new DraftKings product will provide the opportunity to bet on games like the ones often enjoyed among coworkers in office pools, offering fans a more casual alternative to navigating odds and point spreads. DraftKings Sportsbook Pools will become officially available to play in New Jersey on November 8th.


“Millions of Americans have been playing in sports pools for years with their friends and coworkers, and now one of the most popular ways that fans can get ‘skin in the game’ is live on DraftKings Sportsbook.” said Matt Kalish, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings. “DraftKings Sportsbook Pools features simple predictions, such as picking the winner of each NFL game weekly, combined with the potential to win jackpot-style prizes. This product will unquestionably make every game more exciting for DraftKings Sportsbook players of all levels.”

To play DraftKings Sportsbook Pools, sports fans are given a collection of questions related to potential outcomes in a specific game or series of games. Players select from provided responses and submit their entry into a pool where winners are then determined based on the number of correct picks as the real life events unfold. The inaugural DraftKings Sportsbook Pools contest will feature a $20 entry with a minimum of $200,000 in total prizes, including a $100,000 jackpot to be shared among all players who select all Sunday and Monday NFL Week 10 games correctly. For the opening contest, players in New Jersey will receive 20 percent of the prize pool for 11 correct picks, 30 percent for 12 correct picks and 50 percent for making all 13 picks correctly.

The DraftKings Sportsbook app is now viewable from any location, meaning players outside New Jersey can preview DraftKings Sportsbook Pools. Real money wagers and cash outs of open bets will still be limited to occur within New Jersey state lines; sports fans beyond the Garden State will otherwise be granted an unfettered view of DraftKings Sportsbook products and promotions as previews within the app.

For more information about DraftKings Sportsbook Pools, download the DraftKings Sportsbook app for iOS here and Android here.

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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 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.

DraftKings Hires Sean Hurley as Head of Sportsbook

Experienced iGaming Executive to Oversee Sports Betting Operation

Boston, MA (February 26, 2018) – DraftKings, Inc. today announced Sean Hurley has been hired as the new Head of Sportsbook to help build, launch and drive the sports betting vertical at DraftKings. In this newly created role, Hurley will report to Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder, Matt Kalish.

“Sean brings a wealth of gaming experience to DraftKings and furthers our ability to be a leader in the sports betting market,” said Kalish.

Hurley will be based in DraftKings’ newly opened office in Hoboken, New Jersey. He will focus on preparing Sportsbook as a potential new line of business for DraftKings in anticipation of the pending Supreme Court decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Prior to joining DraftKings, Hurley gained extensive knowledge of the iGaming space with senior roles in both B2B and B2C companies. Most recently, Hurley led sales and commercial for Amelco, a sportsbook and trading platform supplier based in London.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech and media entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across ten professional sports in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany, Ireland and Austria. Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings makes sports better and better sports fans by creating the ‘Game Inside the Game.’

Media Contacts:

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