Oregon Lottery Launches Sports Betting App ‘Scoreboard’
The mobile sports betting trail reached the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday as the Oregon Lottery launched its first online product.
According to OPB.org , the mobile platform is expected to raise $37 million in three years. Revenue from Scoreboard is slotted for the Employer Incentive Fund that feeds into the state public employee retirement system, which is $27 billion in debt.
Chuck Baumann, senior public affairs officer for the Oregon Lottery told OBP.org that revenues could fall short because the app launched almost two months into the lucrative NFL season.
“We will have a much more concrete idea about the accuracy of the projections after a month or two of having the game available,” he said. “As we are only two months into our fiscal year, we are hopeful that the revenue projections will hold true.”
Oregon Trailblazer to the Pacific
Oregon becomes the ninth state of 13 with legal sports betting underway to offer a state-wide mobile and online platform. It becomes the first jurisdiction, beating Washington, D.C., and Montana to launch a state lottery-backed product. The platform is produced by SBTech. The next phase of sports betting in Oregon is an expected state-wide rollout of betting kiosks, which is an SBTech specialty.
Oregon will not allow bets on college sports, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State.
The successful launch came just a day after the Oregon Lottery website crashed.
The full Oregon launch opens a new front on the national sports betting map, which could possibly spur other states to expedite legislation before in-state dollars begin flowing there. There has been movement on possible legislation in Washington, but California remains a nettlesome project with a myriad of interests and agendas in play.
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