By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The start of the pro and college football seasons led the volume of sports betting in New Jersey to nearly double in September from its level a month earlier.

Figures released Friday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show nearly $184 million was bet on sports in New Jersey last month, up from nearly $96 million in August.

Since it began in mid-June, sports betting has attracted over $336 million in bets in the state. The industry in New Jersey has been keeping just under 8 percent of the amount bet as earnings after winning bets are paid out.

New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that cleared the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting should they choose.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.