Oregon’s sports bettors rejoice after their new digital wagering service is finally launched by the state lottery. Scoreboard, its online and mobile betting service, was introduced by the Oregon Lottery on Wednesday night, with software supported by European platform provider SBTech. Oregon is the 13th state that now offers some form of legal betting but only the 8th to provide a statewide electronic betting service.
The website of the Scoreboard is currently live and applications are available for both Android (downloadable via the Scoreboard site) and iOS devices (via the App Store). The app is available throughout the country, except on tribal land, as the state’s only currently operating land-based sportsbook is at Lincoln City’s tribal-run Chinook Winds Casino, which opened in August.
Scoreboard offers a wide variety of betting choices, including in-play wagers and early cash-out, but in Oregon it is not an option to wager on any college sports event. Most other states have a more narrow carve-out that only bans wagers on matches involving local college teams, and when March Madness returns, the state will expect pressure to lift this ban.
The website of the Oregon Lottery crashed on Tuesday, however the lottery appears reluctant to divulge why. How the platform will respond when the NFL action this weekend brings a spike in betting activity remains to be seen.
With a rollout of self-service betting kiosks at lottery stores in 2020, the Oregon Lottery plans to follow up Scoreboard’s electronic debut. The Lottery is also preparing to resuscitate the former Sports Action parlay betting service, which was permitted under the old federal PASPA statute, which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2018, leading to this explosion in intrastate legal betting.
Instead of a commercially competitive market, Oregon chose to launch a state-run digital betting product. Similar lottery-based monopolies are being planned by Montana and the District of Columbia, both of which will be supplied by the Greek tech outfit. Legal challenges have held up DC’s efforts, while Montana’s Intralot contract has also raised a number of red flags, so no state seems likely to join the mobile betting party anytime soon.