Football Propels Oregon Handle To $25.1M in September Bets

Football Propels Oregon Handle To $25.1M in September Bets
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Football’s return provided a boost to Oregon’s sports betting numbers.

The state reported a handle of $25.1 million for September, up 41.8% from August’s $17.7 million.

This September handle was down 4.2% from the same month a year ago when Oregon took in $26.2 million in bets.

Revenue was also up, with September’s total at $1.3 million, an increase of 18.5% from August’s $1.1 million but down 17.5% from September 2020’s $1.5 million.

Football was the Oregon gamblers’ most wagered sport for September, taking in $9.7 million worth of bets. Baseball ($6.8 million), soccer ($3.3 million), tennis ($1.5 million) and basketball ($1.2 million) rounded out the top five. Parlay bets accounted for $6.4 million of the overall handle.

Oregon residents still use the Scoreboard sports betting platform to place their online wagers. The website is operated by the state lottery, while Scoreboard is operating in conjunction with SBTech, a Bulgaria-based technology-sports betting firm.

DraftKings Sportsbook will take over the state’s single-source betting operation, meaning bettors will soon be able to use the popular online sportsbook.

Oregon Sports Betting Revenue & Handle, September vs. August

September$25.070M $1.260M
August$17.686M $1.063M
Change Up 41.8% Up 18.5%

Moving to DraftKings

The Oregon Lottery Commission unanimously approved the move to DraftKings for online sports betting during a meeting in late August.

A date was not set for when the move would take place, but the commission highlighted how it would be beneficial to transition sooner rather than later to take advantage of NFL betting and with the NBA season set to start soon.

"One of the factors we’re going to have to work on soon is how to fit a transition from one platform to the other, while still heading into a busy season of professional sports,” Oregon Lottery Directory Barry Pack said during the session. "Both NFL and NBA are coming up here really soon. We want to make sure that we’re able to seize the right window when we have enough information to know what it’s going to take, and how long it’s going to take to make the transition work."

Players registered to the Scoreboard app will have to sign up for a new account on the DraftKings platform to place their bets. Lottery Commission Chairwoman MardiLyn Saathoff inquired during the meeting why signing up again was a requirement.

“I don’t know,” Pack told her. “I don’t have the right people on the team to explain this better, but it is about just physically moving the bank accounts and re-establishing banking, I think, in the new platform.

“It’s not something that can just get transported over and things like that, I believe.”