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Disclaimer: DraftKings sportsbook is not yet available in North Carolina. The insights in this review are drawn from data and experiences in other states where DraftKings operates legally and is fully functional.

DraftKings NC bonus

Sign-up bonus: Bet $5 Get $200
Promo code: No code needed
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: November 2023

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: DraftKings
Legal in NC: No
Partner in North Carolina: N/A
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North Carolina’s sports betting launch is scheduled for early 2024, and DraftKings Sportsbook is already positioned for success once the state launches online sports betting. With an existing presence in the state through its DFS platform, the bookmaker is poised to be among the major players in the industry early on.

Here, we’ve detailed the features and traits DraftKings Sportsbook will bring to North Carolina and listed how to get signed up on the platform so you’ll be ready for the launch.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook live in North Carolina?

No, DraftKings Sportsbook is not live in North Carolina. The state has not yet launched online sports betting, and in-person sports gambling is only permitted at three tribal casinos in the state. However, DraftKings is expected to apply for a sports gambling operator license with the North Carolina Lottery Commission to be ready for the online betting launch in early 2024.

Additionally, while the sportsbook is not yet legal, North Carolinians are still permitted to participate in DFS contests, provided they are at least 18 years old.

Registering at DraftKings in North Carolina and claiming the promo

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy it will be to register at DraftKings in North Carolina and claim the promo. Most users will be signed up and ready to place wagers in about five minutes. Here’s how to get started.

  1. Access the registration page with our link: Once DraftKings announces the signup bonus for North Carolina players, we’ll update this section and have a link at the top of this page for you to claim the best possible welcome offer. As a reminder, if you register with the sportsbook before it launches in North Carolina, you may be ineligible for a welcome bonus.
  2. Create your account: On the first page of the registration form, you’ll be asked to enter your email address and phone number and to create a unique username and password. There will also be a field for a promo code. This field may automatically fill with the code if you follow our link, but if not, you can manually enter the code.
  3. Enter your personal information: Next, you’ll need to enter some personal information, including your legal name, birth date, and street address as they appear on your government-issued ID. You’ll also need to include the last four digits of your Social Security number. This information will validate your betting eligibility and be protected at all times by DraftKings’ top-notch cybersecurity standards.
  4. Agree to the terms: On the next page, you’ll check a few boxes to confirm your understanding of the privacy policy, your agreement to the terms of service, and that the information you submitted is accurate and complete.
  5. Make a deposit: Finally, make a deposit with the banking method of your choice and place your first bet. Additionally, once your account is set up, you can choose to implement Face ID recognition on your phone when you download the app for a faster login. You can also allow your web browser to remember your username and password for a faster login.

It’s important to understand that registering for the DFS platform and registering for the sportsbook are two different processes, and signing up for one won’t sign you up for the other. You also won’t need to set up a DFS account to use the sportsbook or vice versa.

The best features of DraftKings Sportsbook North Carolina

DraftKings Sportsbook will be one of the premier sports betting platforms in North Carolina once it obtains licensure and goes live in the state. Here are some of the best features that will set it apart.

  • Generous welcome bonus: DraftKings regularly offers competitive welcome bonuses that have a high potential return relative to a low up-front cost. For example, the current offer involves getting $200 in bonus bets following a $5 deposit. This 40x return is one of the highest rates you’ll find at any sportsbook, and DraftKings will change the offer regularly, so you’re sure to find something that fits your budget and play style.
  • A multitude of same-game parlays: Often shortened to “SGPs,” DraftKings has a large assortment of daily pre-crafted same-game parlays you can find immediately when opening the app or browser window. You’ll also have the ability to create your own SGPs from a wide array of betting markets and matchups.
  • Excellent betting apps: Whether in the App Store or Google Play Store, Apple and Android users have both given high ratings and reviews of the DraftKings app. It is regularly one of the top two NC sports betting apps in each store and jockeys with FanDuel for the top spot. As of writing, the app holds a 4.6/5 star rating in the Google Play Store and a 4.8/5 star rating in the iOS App Store.
  • Betting markets for many sports and leagues: DraftKings offers betting opportunities for 17 sports: Aussie rules, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, e-sports, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, MMA, motorsports, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and tennis.

What type of welcome offer will DraftKings offer when they go live?

DraftKings’ active welcome offer awards players $200 in bonus bets following a $5 wager. However, the sportsbook may have a different, unique offer available for North Carolina players when it arrives in the state and online sports betting launches. Whatever way DraftKings sets the offer up, we’ll update this page once the bonus specifics are available.

When will the DraftKings promo come to my account?

Assuming the bookmaker maintains its offer of $200 in bonus bets following a $5 wager, the DraftKings promo would come to your account immediately after you place your qualifying bet, though you may need to allow up to 72 hours for the bets to show up.

This also means your bonus funds may be accessible even before your initial wager settles.

Conditions for the DraftKings bonus in other states

Based on what we know about the DraftKings bonus in other states, we can anticipate the following terms and conditions will apply to the offer in North Carolina:

  • Limit of one welcome bonus per person.
  • Offer is limited to new users in North Carolina who are at least 21 years old.
  • Bonus bets will land in your account within 72 hours after placing your first eligible wager.
  • Bonus bets will be disbursed as eight $25 wagers and may not be broken up into smaller stakes. They also may not be withdrawn as cash.
  • Bonus bets will expire after seven days if not used.
  • The bonus bet amount will not be included in any payout calculations.

What do I do if the DraftKings North Carolina bonus is not working?

If the DraftKings North Carolina betting bonus is not working, there are a few things you can do to try to fix things before contacting the customer support team. First, make sure that the wager you placed was eligible under the terms of the offer and that at least 72 hours have passed since placing the wager. Sometimes, the sportsbook takes a bit longer to verify the bet, and that you’ve created a new account, so the timing is relevant here.

Next, try logging out of your account, then sign in again. You can also restart the app or web browser and the device you’re using to access the platform. If all of the above doesn’t resolve the problem, you’ll need to reach out to DraftKings customer service (information on how to get in touch with them is listed below).

Where can I find the latest DraftKings North Carolina promotions?

You can find the latest DraftKings North Carolina promotions listed here at Betting NC. While you’ll need to go to the “Promos” tab of the website or app to find the exact daily offers, we’ll provide overviews of the types of offers available, as well as promo codes, terms and conditions, and other information you may want to know about the different bonuses that are available with the bookie.

Different kinds of wagers on DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook offers many different kinds of wagers, ranging from the simple and straightforward to the complex and intricate, giving hardcore and casual bettors alike nearly free reign when crafting their bet slips. Here are some of the most popular options you’ll find on the platform.

  • Spread bets: Unlike a moneyline bet that simply involves picking a straight-up winner, a spread bet involves a wager on the margin of victory. A bet on the “favorite” to win will only pay out if that team wins by a margin set by DraftKings. For example, if the Carolina Panthers are 3.5-point favorites against the New Orleans Saints, Carolina must win by at least four points for a spread bet on the Panthers to pay out. Conversely, a bet on the underdog Saints would hit if New Orleans wins outright or loses by three points or fewer.
  • Totals bets: If two teams match up evenly to the point where it’s tough to pick a winner, playing a totals bet (also called an “over/under” bet) could be the wager to make. Totals bets are wagers on the combined point total scored between the two teams.
  • Prop bets: Shortened from “proposition bets,” prop bets are wagers on betting outcomes that may not directly impact the final score. These can include things like the first team to score a touchdown, how many assists the starting point guard gets, or a goaltender’s save total.
  • Parlays: Parlay bets are a great way to combine betting outcomes into a single wager for a chance at a lucrative win. Say you wanted to bet on the Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Charlotte Hornets all to win on a given night. You could bet on each to win individually for a smaller payout or you could combine a bet on all three of them to win for a higher payout. However, if a single leg loses, your entire parlay bet counts as a loss.

Best sports you will be able to bet on using DraftKings North Carolina

DraftKings will offer 17 different sports for North Carolina punters to bet on. Here are some of the best sports you will be able to find on the site.

  • Football: Whether you’re an avid NFL watcher, a college football junkie, or a CFL addict, DraftKings is one of the best spots to go for a football bet. Football bets should account for the largest portion of North Carolina’s total sports betting handle.
  • Basketball: College basketball is one of the most popular sports in North Carolina, and if online sports betting launches in the state before 2024 March Madness, NC bettors will flock to DraftKings to place wagers on their favorite teams. There’s a good chance the college basketball betting handle in the state is even higher than the NBA handle, even with the shorter schedule.
  • NASCAR: There’s not another state that comes particularly close to NASCAR fandom as North Carolina. Whether you’re looking for Cup Series, Truck Series, or Xfinity Series race betting, you’ll be able to find them all on DraftKings’ platform.
  • Soccer: Charlotte FC fans will be stoked for the chance to bet on the local side in MLS markets, but DraftKings doesn’t stop there. The bookmaker accepts wagers for many of the top European leagues, international competitions, World Cup qualifiers, and more!

The rules and laws for daily fantasy sports at DraftKings North Carolina

Daily fantasy sports (often shortened to DFS) contests have been a contentious part of sports betting legislation in many states. While most states have considered DFS events to be skill-based and not luck-based and are therefore permissible, others have ruled against this mindset, in some cases passing laws to outright ban DFS games.

North Carolina has not passed a law that either affirms the legality of DFS contests or prohibits North Carolinians from participating in them. DraftKings currently allows North Carolina players to take part in daily fantasy sports.

The DraftKings mobile betting app in North Carolina

The DraftKings mobile betting app is already available for download in North Carolina, but you won’t be able to place a wager in the state yet. However, you can get it in advance of the launch, and you’ll be ahead of the game once NC bookmakers start to accept online wagers. Just be sure to wait to create an account so you don’t disqualify yourself from eligibility for a welcome bonus.

DraftKings’ app is one of the highest-rated apps on the market. Its sleek design, intuitive user interface, and reliable performance are all among the reasons most bettors lean heavily on DK in their sportsbook arsenal.

How to download the DraftKings app on iOS

Downloading the DraftKings app on an iOS device will take a matter of moments, as long as you’ve got a steady internet connection. Here’s how to get started.

  1. Log into the App Store on your iOS device.
  2. Search for “DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino.” The casino part of the app won’t be accessible, as online casino betting isn’t yet legal in North Carolina.
  3. Press “Get,” then “Install.”

Once the download is complete, you’ll be able to log in with your existing DraftKings credentials or create a new account if you haven’t already set one up.

How to download the DraftKings app on Android

The DraftKings app will be the best way to play from your Android device. Here’s how you can download it and get started.

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “DraftKings Sportsbook and Casino.” Note that you won’t be able to use the casino part of the app, as online casino betting isn’t yet legal in North Carolina.
  3. Press “Install” and wait for the download to run.

Once the installation finishes, you can create a new DraftKings account, make a deposit, and place your first bet. Otherwise, you’ll be able to log in with the ID and password you already registered.

Will it be possible to bet on NC college sports with DraftKings Sportsbook?

Yes, it will be possible to bet on NC college sports with DraftKings Sportsbook. House Bill 347, which legalized sports betting in North Carolina, allows for betting on in-state collegiate athletics.

This means you’ll be able to find all 19 of North Carolina’s NCAA Division I programs listed in DraftKings’ betting markets.

DraftKings North Carolina expected payment options

DraftKings offers many ways to finance your account, and all of these options should be available in NC. Here are the expected payment options for DraftKings North Carolina.


  • Credit/debit card: DraftKings accepts most major credit and debit cards. However, if you have an American Express card, you’ll only be able to use that for DFS contests. On the flip side, DraftKings also allows you to withdraw directly to your debit card.
  • Cash: Cash will only be available for in-person deposits with a maximum of $500 per day. You will also need to have a government-issued photo ID with you when making a deposit. DraftKings has yet to announce where an in-person cage in North Carolina might bet, but they would be required to have one under state law.
  • Venmo: Venmo is relatively new to the sports betting industry, and there aren’t too many sites that accept it, but DraftKings is on that shortlist. Using Venmo to fund your account allows for a maximum daily deposit of $2,999.99 and a maximum weekly deposit of $5,999.99.


  • Check: Check withdrawals may take a bit longer to access your winnings and there is a $15 minimum for this method (most options have a $1 minimum). If you do want a paper check, DraftKings will send it through USPS.
  • DraftKings Play+ prepaid card: Using a Play+ card to withdraw your winnings will be like using an ATM card in other situations. The money will be loaded onto your card, and you’ll be able to withdraw cash at an ATM.
  • Online banking: You can also link your bank account to your DraftKings account, letting you make deposits and withdrawals without having to remember multiple passwords or juggle multiple apps to finance your bankroll.

Customer support at DraftKings Sportsbook NC

DraftKings Sportsbook is known for its excellent customer support, and that service will be available when the bookie arrives in NC. You can access FAQ pages through the app or in a web browser. Those pages are easy to read and navigate, with loads of transparent information and guidance to make your sports betting experience more enjoyable and playable.

If, for some reason, you can’t find the answers or support you need through the FAQ sections, further assistance is available 24/7 through the support chat, by phone, or via email.


What is the expected launch date for DraftKings's North Carolina online sportsbook?

North Carolina has not announced a specific launch date for online sports betting, and DraftKings hasn’t yet applied for a license in the state. However, House Bill 347 set a target launch date for online sports betting between January 8 and June 14, 2024. DraftKings will likely be one of the operators ready to go on day one. We’ll update this page accordingly once set dates are announced.

Can I bet on hockey at NC sports betting sites?

Yes, you can bet on hockey at NC sports betting sites. Every legal, licensed operator will cover NHL action, and some will carry other leagues such as the KHL, NCAA Division I, several of the top European leagues, and other international competitions.

Where can I find the best bonuses on DraftKings in NC?

You can find the best bonuses on DraftKings in NC at BettingNC.com. On this site, we’ll list the most up-to-date promo offerings from all legal, licensed North Carolina sportsbooks, as well as simplify the terms and conditions so you can spend less time reading details and more time placing your bets!

When will DraftKings launch in NC?

DraftKings will launch in NC after it obtains a license from the North Carolina Lottery Commission and after the state launches online sports betting in early 2024.

Will you have to live in North Carolina to bet on DraftKings?

No, you will not have to live in North Carolina to bet on DraftKings. However, once NC launches online sports betting, players will need to be at least 21 years old and physically located in North Carolina, or in another state where DraftKings is licensed and operating, to place a wager.

What is the minimum withdrawal at DraftKings?

DraftKings has a $1 minimum withdrawal amount for most methods. However, there is a $15 minimum to receive a paper check, and there is a $100 minimum for a wire transfer.

Fact checked by: Gary Garry