Written By Kate Rowland on March 20, 2020
Oregon Scoreboard app sports betting

With sporting events canceled worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard sportsbook app is lying dormant these days.

No athletic contests means there is nothing to wager on.

However, Oregon Lottery offers a number of alternatives to sports betting with a wide variety of scratch-off tickets, video casino games and similar pursuits to satisfy Beaver State residents who are feeling the urge to gamble.

According to Chuck Baumann, senior public affairs officer for Oregon Lottery, Scoreboard accounts for just a fraction of Lottery’s revenue. Lottery officials plan to ride out the storm and be there for sports fans when it’s over.

“We’re just going to weather the storm and when sports come back and sports bettors are all excited about wagering again, Scoreboard will be there,” he said.

Although Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared mandatory statewide closures for bars and restaurants to all business other than takeout on March 16, and limited public gatherings to no more than 25 people for the next four weeks, video terminals should be up and running in businesses open for carryout or pickup

Oregon Governor Issues Statewide Mandate

After some waffling, Brown chose to follow President Donald Trump’s recommendation and ordered statewide restaurants and bars to stop all on-site dining and limit sales to takeout and delivery, in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the governor limited gatherings to no more than 25 people, with Brown urging Oregonians to avoid being around more than 10 people at a time.

Brown said she was issuing the order to slow the spread of the virus so that the healthcare system can try to keep up with demand for care.

Exemptions to the closure list include grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores and workplaces, and Brown suggested that businesses that cannot serve customers in a way that minimizes interpersonal contact should shut down completely during the pandemic.

Her decision came five hours after Brown announced she was not ready to impose a curfew or shut down on bars and restaurants, despite new federal recommendations against gatherings of 50 or more.

Dozens of restaurants announced voluntary closures, and more than 100 chefs, bartenders, bakers, winemakers and other hospitality industry workers signed an open letter requesting the governor to order the closure.

In an earlier press conference Monday, Brown said her decision not to impose closures on restaurants and bars resulted from speaking with elected officials from around the state who expressed the concern that restaurants were key providers of meals to the elderly and vulnerable in the state’s rural communities.

Brown’s decision on whether to extend school closures beyond April 1 will be issued within the next few days.

Trump advised all Americans to eschew restaurants, bars and gatherings of 10 or more people to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Numerous other states, including Ohio, Illinois, Washington and Maryland, have also ordered full-scale restaurant and bar closures on March 15 and 16, while California closed bars and limited capacity at state restaurants.


Early Scoreboard Performance Disappointing

It’s been a slow start for the sports betting venture of the Oregon Lottery, anyway.

The venture has lost more than $2.3 million through January despite net revenue exceeding $4.5 million. Updated projections predict losses of $5.3 million by the end of the fiscal year.

Oregon Lottery initially projected a win of more than $6 million at the start of the venture in October 2019.

Baumann said Scoreboard has 50,000 registered accounts, and general feedback from bettors has been positive, but it’s beyond Lottery’s control now with no sporting events to wager on.

In the meantime, Lottery expects its other offerings will fill in the gap until sports wagers can be made again.

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Written By Kate Rowland on March 14, 2020
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Gaming provider SBTech lost yet another battle in an attempt to keep the terms of its Scoreboard sports betting contract with Oregon Lottery concealed from public view.

A Circuit Court judge ordered the Malta-based business to disclose the terms of its sports betting platform provider contract with the Oregon Lottery on Feb. 28.

In a brief ruling, the Hon. David E. Leith determined that SBTech could not withhold the portions of the agreement relating to fees and payments.

“[T]he Court is unpersuaded that the effective terms of this public contract, negotiated at arms’ length, constitute a trade secret,” wrote the judge. “[A] trade secret is not established in this case.”

The lawsuit arose from public records petitions initiated last year by Legal Sports Report and The Oregonian under the Oregon Public Records Law. The state’s Department of Justice granted the requests.

Citing the Oregon Uniform Trade Secrets Act, SBTech argued that revealing the full terms of its contract would expose the Malta-based company’s trade secrets and enable its competitors to replicate its models.

In response to SBTech’s concerns, Oregon Lottery disclosed the contract with substantially redacted sections relating to the partnership’s mutual obligations, including revenue sharing.

Upon petition from the interested media outlets, the state’s Attorney General reviewed the redactions and ruled that Lottery must disclose the contract in its entirety, in a letter dated January 3, 2020.

SBTech filed the current lawsuit to prevent that disclosure.

Court: Contract Is Matter Of Significant Public Interest

Judge Leith turned aside SBTech’s argument that disclosure would harm the public interest.

“Public contracts are a matter of significant public interest,” the judge wrote. “That public interest is heightened where the contract relates to an emerging market for gambling.”

In addition, Lottery’s early sports betting losses and heavily revised revenue projections for the year create additional concerns over the operation, said the Circuit Court judge.

“The legitimate public interest is further heightened by the initial deficits Lottery has thus far experienced under the contract,” Leith wrote.

Oregon Lottery launched its online Scoreboard sports betting app for iOS and Android on October 26, 2019.

Lottery’s Scoreboard operation has lost more than $2.3 million through January despite net revenue exceeding $4.5 million. Updated projections predict losses of $5.3 million by the end of the fiscal year.

The agency initially projected a win of more than $6 million.

The ruling instructs the state to continue to withhold disclosure of the unredacted contract for public review for 30 days to allow SBTech to file another stay.

SBTech has already stated that it intends to appeal the ruling in another effort to hold the contract terms confidential.

Oregon Lottery / SBTech Partnership

Oregon voters approved an amendment to the constitution to establish a state lottery in November 1984. The lottery is overseen by a five-member, governor-appointed commission.

Gaming legislation in Oregon gives a monopoly to Oregon Lottery. Lottery has the power to choose the types of games it can introduce without seeking legislative or voter approval.

The lottery opened bidding for a platform provider partner for its online Scoreboard sports betting endeavor in April 2019. The commission approved the lottery’s recommendation and awarded the contract to SBTech.

Scientific Games, one of the losing bidders, issued a challenge to the award, stating that SBTech was associated with illegal gambling operations overseas, but state investigators found no merit to the claim.

SBTech powers live sportsbooks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Mississippi, and is partnered with operators in additional states that are working to pass sports betting legislation, including Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Maine.

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Written By Matt Burke on March 6, 2020

Oregon men’s basketball continues to cruise along.

The Ducks have won five of their last six games, and they clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming Pac-12 tournament by virtue of a 90-56 blasting of Cal Thursday night.

The victory over the Golden Bears means that Oregon will be no worse than a No. 2 seed in the conference tourney, which begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

National title odds

The Ducks are currently ranked No. 13 in the AP poll. And ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has the Ducks as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon is clearly national championship material, and it could become a mighty popular pick to reach the Final Four when brackets are being filled out a few days from now.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Ducks are currently +2200 to win it all. There are 11 teams ahead of them, including Kansas, which has the lowest odds at +600. The following teams also have lower odds than the Ducks: Gonzaga, Baylor, Dayton, Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, San Diego State and Florida State.

DraftKings Sportsbook is not as high on Oregon. There are 16 teams in front of them at DK, and the Ducks have +3000 odds to cut down the nets in Atlanta.

888 Sport also has 16 teams in front of Dana Altman’s squad. Oregon is +3000 there as well.


Final Four odds

Correctly picking a national championship winner right now is nearly impossible. Accurately predicting a Final Four berth is tough too, though obviously not as daunting.

The Ducks are +350 right now at FanDuel to reach the Final Four. They are +500 at DraftKings.

If you can’t wait for the Big Dance, you can always bet on Oregon’s final game of the regular season and/or the Pac-12 tournament.

The Ducks finish up their regular-season slate on Saturday with a home date against Stanford.

They will then have four days off before they play again, Thursday in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.

Oregon is the favorite to win the conference tourney right now at every major sportsbook.

The Ducks are +180 at FanDuel, +250 at DraftKings and +250 at 888 Sport.

Arizona and Colorado are the two teams right behind the Ducks, typically landing in the +325 range.

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Written By Derek Helling on February 26, 2020
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Adjusting revenue forecasts is a part of operating a business. The Oregon Lottery recently did that and the news isn’t great.

The forecast for this fiscal year recently swung almost $12 million dollars and not in the way the state would have liked it to have either. It points out several issues in the company’s launch of its sports betting product.


Details on the $11.6 million adjustment made by the Oregon Lottery

Before Scoreboard launched, Oregon Lottery officials exclaimed legal sports wagering would help the lottery make $6.3 million in revenue during the current fiscal year. That was a grossly optimistic figure.

Earlier this week, lottery officials downgraded that forecast to a loss of $5.3 million. Among the issues responsible were glitches in the app and initial costs that tremendously exceeded the initial projections.

A big part of those launch expenses could be the state’s contract with SBTech to operate Scoreboard. The details of that contract are currently unknown and part of a lawsuit seeking the release of the full documents pertaining to that deal.

The fact that the app didn’t launch until October, missing the start of the college football and NFL seasons, also played a part. On the topic of college sports, there are more hindrances on the horizon.


Lack of college betting options hamstrings Scoreboard’s competitiveness

So far, Scoreboard hasn’t offered bettors any action on college games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that will change any time soon.

As a matter of fact, that could be the case indefinitely. A bill in the Oregon House of Representatives, HB 4057, would ban legal sportsbooks in the state from taking wagers on college sports.

Given the fact that the Portland Thorns FC, Timbers and Trail Blazers are the only professional sports teams in the state, that’s a serious handicap for Scoreboard. Even if the product becomes profitable, it would always be a shadow of what it could be.

Additionally, carving college sports out of a legal framework for wagering is actually counterproductive. It does more harm than good.


Why leaving college sports betting on the black market is a bad idea

The thought behind keeping betting on college sports illegal is that doing so will severely limit that activity. That’s demonstrably false, as it will only keep that activity on the black market.

Whether using local bookies or illegal sportsbooks ran by offshore companies, Oregonians are currently wagering on games involving the Beavers, Ducks and other college teams.

Black market betting has no regulation and therefore is a breeding ground for attempts to fix matches. Just last week, a New York man pleaded guilty to trying to fix a college basketball game as part of an illegal gambling ring.

Sunshine is not only the best disinfectant against this behavior but affords college athletes protection from such schemes as well. When wagering happens in a regulated market with integrity monitoring, those devices lessen the likelihood that athletes will face bribery attempts.

Additionally, the state gets no benefit from illegal gambling. That extends beyond the pension funds that Scoreboard supports to funds for the treatment of Oregonians with compulsive gambling issues.

Part of Scoreboard’s issues are initial hiccups. If HB 4057 or another bill like it becomes law, however, the app will always face a disadvantage in competing with illegal gambling operations. That will harm more than Scoreboard’s bottom line.

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Written By Derek Helling on February 20, 2020

Oregon sports betting has been live for about four months now. That time has afforded the opportunity to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the market.

There are bad, good and ugly aspects to Oregon’s legal wagering landscape. The state can minimize the negatives while preserving the positives if it takes the right action.

Oregon sports betting’s positive aspects

The biggest strength of the Oregon sports betting market is online access. Oregon residents and visitors can access the platform via a desktop site or apps for both the Android and iOS markets.

Branching out from there, Oregon has been smart by avoiding the traps that other states fell into. That includes requiring bettors to register for their accounts in person.

Oregon does have brick-and-mortar sportsbooks at tribal casinos. The state’s lottery operates its Scoreboard app, however.

In other states where the activity is limited to retail operations or in-person registration is the law, handle has been limited. The more convenient it is for people to wager legally, the more likely they are to do so.

That applies to self-service kiosks at retail lottery locations around the state as well. That makes the platform available to those with less access to technology.

Convenience and easy access are the biggest positives for Oregon. There is one restriction that limits the success Scoreboard could otherwise have, however.

The bad of Oregon sports betting as it currently stands

Unfortunately for bettors in Oregon, one of the most popular markets is inaccessible on Scoreboard. That could change, however.

Scoreboard doesn’t offer action on college sports. Given the fact that the Portland Timbers and Trail Blazers are the only men’s major professional sports teams in the state, that’s a significant weakness.

Portland Thorns FC represents professional sports on the women’s side and that would be an opportunity for the market in Oregon to differentiate itself. Many of the other states with NWSL franchises within their borders didn’t post lines on those matches last summer.

Regardless of whether or not that happens, there’s no denying how much more action Scoreboard could see if Oregonians could wager on college sports. That will prove especially true next month during March Madness.

While that’s a definite weakness of the market given the popularity of Oregon and Oregon State athletics, it isn’t the worst aspect. There’s another more nefarious element at work.

The ugliest aspect of Oregon sports betting right now

Because the state lottery oversees Scoreboard, there is essentially a state-protected monopoly for online sports betting in Oregon right now. None of the tribal casinos in the state have online components.

The lottery didn’t build its own platform for Scoreboard. It contracted with SBTech and runs Scoreboard on that company’s software.

SBTech has worked to keep secret the details of how it landed that contract with the lottery. Those efforts currently include several lawsuits.

Two media outlets made requests for copies of the contract between the lottery and SBTech. The state’s Department of Justice approved those requests, but rather than comply with the state’s order, SBTech filed multiple lawsuits to try to keep it private.

The suits argue that revealing the contracts would make SBTech’s trade secrets public and enable competitors to replicate its models. Even if that was true, the people of the state still deserve to know how many of their tax dollars SBTech is taking and what those dollars will be used for.

Hopefully, the lawsuits levied by SBTech fail and the state amends its law to allow wagering on college sports. The state should be given credit for its wisdom in making Scoreboard easily accessible, however.

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Written By Kate Rowland on November 15, 2019

Oregon Lottery and gaming giant International Game Technology PLC (IGT) announced a five-year pact in early October.

Through this agreement, Oregon will look to replace its central lottery system, enhance retailer point-of-sale equipment, and provide the latest model of self-service vending machines.

The contract includes the option for two five-year extensions, and follows an earlier agreement to update the state’s more than 12,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs). IGT has served as central system provider, game supplier, and content developer for the Oregon Lottery since its inception in 1985.

The lottery’s three-phase sports betting rollout, detailed in a presentation to the Oregon Lottery Commission in May, is partially dependent on the upcoming system upgrade.

  • The first phase, Scoreboard, the lottery’s online sportsbook operated in partnership with SBTech, launched successfully on Oct. 16.
  • The second step, self-service sports betting kiosks, is projected to move forward by early 2020, according to Matt Shelby, Oregon Lottery public information manager.
  • A sports betting game, similar to the lottery’s former Sports Action parlay game ticket, will be sold through the lottery’s retailer network in the final phase of the rollout.

Oregon Lottery’s sports wagering ticket game is dependent on the system upgrade, and probably won’t be available for at least another year, Shelby said.

Scoreboard operator SBTech and IGT, as well as others, provide self-service sports betting kiosks to sportsbook operators in the United States.

IGT knows lottery

IGT supports 40 of the 45 state lotteries operating throughout the United States.

Headquartered in the UK, the company has principal operating facilities in Rome, Las Vegas, and Providence, Rhode Island.

Oregon Lottery’s central system currently runs on the 2008 version of IGT’s Enterprise Series (ES) platform. This supports traditional lottery games such as instant win tickets, Keno, as well as monitor games such as Powerball, Mega Millions, and Oregon’s Game Megabucks.

Consumers’ needs have changed dramatically over the last decade, and Oregon Lottery hopes to keep pace by upgrading to IGT’s comprehensive software platform, Aurora.

Aurora is a work in progress. The platform is being designed to adapt to – and maximize the potential of – today’s marketing challenges.

IGT said it plans to implement Aurora “via a multi-year roadmap that will continue to evolve based on business priorities and customer feedback.”

When fully developed, Aurora endeavors to provide:

  • Omnichannel capability for consumers; whether on-site, online, or via mobile device.
  • Open source code to enable easy integration with third-party developers and service providers.
  • Quick-to-market delivery of games and new technology.
  • Easy, one-site management over all lottery applications and back-office functions.
  • Actionable analytical tools throughout the entire system.

The contract also includes a wide variety of enhanced retailer technology, including IGT’s newest self-service vending machine, GameTouch 20.

The 54-inch-tall, compact unit is coupled with a 32-inch-wide monitor. It can stock up to 20 instant win games, as well as tickets for draw games.

“IGT is a longtime partner of the Oregon Lottery,” Oregon Lottery director Barry Pack said in a recent press release. “We look forward to IGT delivering its latest technology to modernize our central system – allowing us to attract new players and implement new strategies for revenue growth.”

Oregon lottery revenue at a glance

Oregon voters in November 1984 approved an amendment to the state constitution to establish a lottery, overseen by a governor-appointed director and five-member commission.

State legislation gives the lottery a monopoly over all types of gambling, with the exception of tribal compacts.

Oregon Lottery has provided more than $12 billion in funding for state programs since its 1985 inception. The lottery contributed more than $726 million toward state programs in 2018 alone.

Voters have allocated lottery proceeds over the years to support myriad public goods. This includes public education, state park development, veteran services, treatment for problem gamblers, and more.

Lottery officials say the state has a small sports wagering market, and they expect sports betting revenue to be smaller. The handle is projected to be $330 million, with a revenue of $35.5 million in the first 12 months.

Sports wagering revenue has been earmarked for the state pension fund to help offset its debt.

Shortly after Scoreboard’s debut, more than 18,000 players had registered for accounts and wagered more than $1 million.

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Written By Kate Rowland on November 14, 2019

Oregon’s second retail sportsbook opened quietly at the Mill Casino in North Bend on Oct. 29.

The casino opted to postpone its grand opening festivities until the Civil War football game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers on Nov. 30.

The casino will hold specials throughout the big day and have T-shirts and swag on hand, according to Katherine Hoppe, manager of tourism and content for the Mill Casino.

“This is a new offering for our property and we wanted to make sure we were able to execute this well,” Hoppe said. “And because we are the only location in Southern Oregon where sports fans can bet on college games, we wanted to mark the occasion on one of our area’s most popular games.”

Chinook Winds opened the first retail sportsbook in the state on theA A, in Lincoln City, on Aug. 27.

Oregon Lottery debuted its online sportsbook, Scoreboard, on Oct. 16, but the lottery does not accept wagers on collegiate events.

BetGenius and IGT

Operated by the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Mill Casino is partnered with sports betting platform and equipment providers BetGenius and IGT for six sports wagering kiosks.

The casino’s plan is to start off slowly, see how customers respond to the kiosks and then consider the addition of sports betting windows.

“The first few days have been very smooth and our guests have been excited to place wagers,” Hoppe said. “Our team members are answering a lot of questions.

“Our focus right now is to make sure we are able to provide our guests with all the information they need, and help them get comfortable with using the kiosk system.”

International sportsbook data and management provider BetGenius sets the betting lines for a variety of wagers, including in-play bets on a number of sports.

The kiosks, provided by IGT through a multi-year contract, are located on the casino floor adjacent to the cashier’s cage and Warehouse 101, a sports bar outfitted with 15 television screens.

It’s all in the details for Mill Casino

The casino is cautiously optimistic about the extra revenue sports wagering will generate.

“This is a new product for us,” Hoppe said. “Our goals are more focused around training, bringing in new customers and providing the experience that sports fans are looking for.”

On popular game days, printed parlay sheets and odds sheets will be available for bettors to view before placing wagers. The minimum amount bettors can wager is $2, with a maximum of $500.

Bettors must be at least 21 years of age. Check the casino’s website for extended hours during special events such as March Madness.

The deadline for redeeming winning tickets is 180 days from the event’s conclusion.

What can you bet on at Mill Casino Sportsbook?

The following wagers, among others, can be placed at kiosks:

  • Spread
  • Moneyline
  • Parlays
  • Round Robins
  • Teasers
  • Futures

Sports that can be wagered on include:

  • Football: NFL and NCAA Division I
  • Basketball: NBA, WNBA, NCAA Division I
  • Baseball: MLB
  • Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, & UEFA Europa League
  • Ice Hockey: NHL
  • Motorsports: NASCAR and F1
  • Tennis: ATP, WTA
  • Golf: PGA Tour
  • Fighting: Boxing & MMA
  • Olympics
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Written By Kate Rowland on November 8, 2019Last Updated on November 12, 2019

The Oregon Lottery’s much-anticipated online sports betting platform, Scoreboard, debuted October 17.

Since its launch, more than 18,000 players have registered for accounts and wagered more than $1 million.

Although bettors can withdraw the proceeds of winning wagers from their Oregon Lottery Scoreboard accounts at any time, some players may see a significant gap between the time a wager is won and when the money actually appears in their accounts.

A number of conditions apply to the release of all winnings from the Oregon Lottery. These include state and federal taxes, offsets or overpayments of state resources, and back child support.

State and federal taxes for Oregon sports betting

According to Scoreboard’s terms and conditions, the lottery is not only legally required to report winnings to state and federal tax authorities, but the lottery may also be required to deduct taxes from winnings before depositing the balance into a player’s account.

Scoreboard’s state tax terms are as follows:

  • Net winnings greater than $600 – a WG2 form is provided for state tax reporting purposes at the time of payment.
  • Net winnings equal to or greater than $1,500 – a state tax of eight percent will be withheld.

Scoreboard’s federal tax terms are as follows:

A WG2 form will be provided to Scoreboard players at the time of payment for federal tax reporting purposes if:

  • Net winnings are equal to or greater than $600, and
  • At least 300 times the amount of the bet, or
  • Net winnings are greater than $5,000

Oregon Lottery will withhold a 24 percent federal tax if net winnings exceed $5,000.

Offsets for Oregon winnings

According to Scoreboard’s Terms and Conditions, the lottery may be required by state law to make deductions to repay certain state debts and back child support.

If a player’s gross winnings are above $600, the lottery will check databases to see whether the winner owes any back child support.

In addition, House Bill 2393, which took effect Jan. 1, 2019, authorizes the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority to garnish taxable winnings to recover overpayments of Medicaid, welfare, and food stamps.

Under the new law, garnishment will be applied to delinquent child support before other debts. The lottery is authorized to act as direct collector for back child support.

However, if databases show that overpayments of state resources are due, the lottery is required to withhold winnings up to 30 days to allow human services or Medicaid representatives to request a garnishment on winnings to recover overpayments.

If debts owed are less than the amount won, the difference will be deposited into the player’s account, where it can be withdrawn.

Other account information in Oregon

Scoreboard’s terms and conditions state that any deposits in excess of $250,000 are not insured by the FDIC, or any other entity.

In addition, the following conditions apply to Scoreboard accounts:

  • Money deposited into funding accounts does not accrue interest.
  • Bonuses appear as funds in a player’s balance. They may be used to play games, but have no cash value and cannot be withdrawn.
  • The lottery must verify the accuracy of bettors’ personal information before paying out bets.
  • Scoreboard may close accounts that remain inactive for an extended period of time. Any money remaining in the account may revert back to the state, after the lottery makes a reasonable effort to contact the player.

Out-of-state bettors

Players can register for a Scoreboard account from any state, but must be physically located within the state of Oregon and off tribal-owned land to make a wager.

If, however, an out-of-state resident visiting Oregon places a wager on Scoreboard and wins any amount of money, the lottery is required to withhold 30 percent of the winnings in federal withholding taxes.

The State of Oregon will withhold eight percent of any non-resident winnings of more than $1,500.

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Written By Kate Rowland on October 25, 2019
Oregon Scoreboard App

When will you be able to bet on sports online in Oregon? Now.

The Oregon Lottery’s much-anticipated online sports betting platform, Scoreboard, launched Wed., Oct. 15.

Scoreboard was first expected to launch in early September but a thorough and strenuous testing and vetting process took longer to complete than lottery officials originally anticipated.

A rumored Oct. 7 launch was delayed while a number of payment providers visited Oregon to thoroughly inspect the Scoreboard process in order to approve their involvement.

Scoreboard’s debut was nearly held up a third time when the lottery’s website crashed on Tuesday, the day before the launch, but the issue was unrelated to the app and led to no further delay.

“Yesterday was spent mostly validating work already done,” said Matt Shelby, Oregon Lottery public information manager. “We took a pretty conservative approach to releasing the app, but it’s impossible to account for every variable.”

Oregon Lottery’s work is never done

Lottery employees weren’t able to hold much of a launch celebration since everyone’s focus had to switch into customer-support mode almost immediately in order to help newly registered Scoreboard bettors anxious to get started.

“Opening night was quite the night for Scoreboard,” Shelby said. “It was a bit like Black Friday at Best Buy. The process looks to be smoothing out [Thursday] morning.”

As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, 2,300 players had registered for new Scoreboard accounts, 500 were logged on and deposits had reached $80,000. More than $15,000 had been wagered.

“Basketball is getting the greatest attention in this short period,” added Shelby, “with the Blazers and Golden State getting a lot of preseason action.”

Oregon is now the eighth state to offer legal online sports wagering and the very first on the West Coast.

Where to find Oregon Lottery Scoreboard

Scoreboard is available for desktop and laptops from the Oregon Lottery website.

Apps for mobile devices also are available. iPhone users can download the app from the Apple App Store, while Android users must download the app directly from the Oregon Lottery website.

Players can register for a Scoreboard account from any state, but in order to use the app, bettors must be located within the state of Oregon and off tribal-owned land.

The app supports single-game bets, parlays and in-game wagers on professional sporting events only. Scoreboard accepts no collegiate sports action wagers.

Oregon Lottery estimated the app would bring in a net profit of $37 million on $1.6 billion in sports betting during the first three years the app is in use.

The Oregon legislature decides where to direct lottery dollars and dedicated sports betting revenue to the state’s public employee retirement system, which is about $27 billion in debt.

Chinook Winds reaps the benefits of collegiate sports betting

In other Oregon legal sports betting news, Chinook Winds Casino Resort told KOIN 6 News that its retail sportsbook, opened August 27, is doing better than expected.

In the first full month of operations, the Lincoln City casino exceeded its own revenue projections by 10 percent and saw a 15 percent increase in overall gaming revenue.

Operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Chinook Winds accepts wagers on college sports, unlike the Oregon Lottery, and that’s proving to be a draw for bettors.

Nearly 80 percent of the casino’s first-month handle came from football wagering, according to a casino spokesperson.

However, although NFL bettors accounted for roughly 50 percent of the total handle, a healthy 30 percent chunk resulted from college football wagers.

A number of other Oregon confederated tribes are currently involved in tribal discussions on the possibility of opening sportsbooks of their own, including The Mill Casino in North Bend, and the Three Rivers casinos located in Coos Bay and Florence.

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Written By Kate Rowland on October 13, 2019Last Updated on October 15, 2019
Oregon sports betting app launch

While the Oregon Lottery estimated early on that its online sportsbook, Scoreboard, would be up and running in time for the 2019 NFL opening kickoff, things didn’t quite work out that way. 

Now, the app should be live by the middle of the season.

Here comes Oregon Lottery Scoreboard

Taking extra time to rigorously test the app and ensure a safe, secure product that works seamlessly throughout was more important than meeting an arbitrary deadline, said Matt Shelby, Oregon Lottery’s public information manager.

Scoreboard’s release date is now expected to occur in the middle of October.

“We’re wrapping things up with payment providers now,” Shelby said last week. “They have to come in and look at our system to approve their involvement. 

“So the timeline is a bit beyond our control at the moment but the sooner we can get those approvals, the sooner we can launch.”

Players can use Scoreboard from the lottery’s website as well as their mobile devices. Geofencing will ensure that bettors are located within the state of Oregon and off tribal lands before wagers can be placed. 

The app supports single-game bets, parlays and in-game wagers on professional sporting events only. Scoreboard accepts no collegiate sports wagers.

Timeline for Oregon sports betting rollout

The lottery’s presentation to the Oregon Lottery Commission on May 31, 2019, laid out a tentative timeline for its three-phase sports betting rollout. Scoreboard, developed in partnership with sports betting platform supplier SBTech, is the first phase. 

Self-service sports betting kiosks is the second phase. The third phase involves a lottery version of sports betting similar to the Sports Action parlay game the lottery offered from 1989 to the mid-2000s.

The lottery told the commission that it had begun Scoreboard sponsorship discussions with Oregon’s professional sports franchises, including:

  • The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers
  • Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL
  • Portland Timbers of MLS
  • Portland Winterhawks of the WHA

The lottery’s goals for sponsorship will be to integrate “high-impact, high-profile, in-arena activations” with the fan base for each team. 

“We absolutely are interested in working with our professional sports franchises in Oregon,” Shelby said. “We have long-term sponsorships with them right now and, looking forward, we are excited about the potential opportunities that the Scoreboard game presents. 

“Exactly what that will look like, I couldn’t tell you, but we’re going to have continued conversations with those organizations to see if we can make something work.”

Kiosks are coming to Oregon

Second phase self-service kiosks will offer all sports betting options, although in-game wagering may not be practical. Shelby projected an early 2020 date for the beta version kiosk release.

“We anticipate rolling out a small number of kiosks in a pilot project to determine where they’re going to get the most use, how much maintenance they’ll need, who is prepared to support a kiosk in their establishment,” Shelby said. 

“The team that will develop the retail kiosk strategy is largely working on the app right now and that’s where they’re focused. As soon as we launch the app, their attention will very quickly turn to fleshing out what that kiosk strategy will look like.”

Sports Action returns

Once the kiosks are placed, the lottery will turn its attention to phase three, a sports wagering game that will be available through the lottery network, similar to the former Sports Action parlay game.

“We will be able to use our current lottery system to sell tickets for a parlay-style game,” Shelby said. “That’s being looked at now but we will have to do a system upgrade and I would say that’s at least a year out.”

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Kate is an award-winning journalist who has written articles for websites and newspapers across the country. A former Las Vegas resident, she has written sports betting articles for sports handicappers and sports betting websites for more than a decade.

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