Oregon Lottery to launch sports betting today

The Oregon Lottery is expected to launch its sports betting app Scoreboard today, almost twelve years after the state banned the modality.

US.- Scoreboard, the mobile sports betting app that will allow Oregon to bet on professional sports, is expected to be launched by the Oregon Lottery today. Sports betting was legal in the state until 2007, when HB 3466 prohibited the modality.

Lottery officials tested Scoreboard for the last time over the past weekend, giving six players on iOS and Android $100 each to test the service, CNBC reported. The final test assured the Oregon Lottery that users wouldn’t have trouble depositing, betting or withdrawing the money.

Oregon Lottery spokesman Matt Shelby said: “We’re talking about a true mobile-based sportsbook that gives players the opportunity to wager on a variety of pro sports.”

Lottery Director Barry Pack held a meeting with the app’s project team on Monday and gave the final launch approval. “We’re not anticipating any surprises,” Shelby said.

The eighth state to have a sports betting app

Once it launches today, Scoreboard will become the eighth sports betting app in the US, the first in Oregon. It was expected to launch by the start of the NFL season in early September. However, the state delayed it to finish last-minute things within the app.

Scoreboard is the product of a partnership between the Oregon Lottery and SBTech. Shelby explained that they selected SBTech because of their experience with sports betting. “A number of competitors we looked at were large lottery companies that also did sports betting. So, it was a component of their portfolio. With SBTech, this was their bread and butter and really what they do,” Shelby said.

Moreover, the app will be geofenced in order to protect the state’s relationship with tribal casinos. “We’re staying in our lane and letting the tribes do what they want,” Shelby said.

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