The Oregon Lottery is on the verge of missing the scheduled kick-off date for legal digital sports betting. This was slated for the start of the professional football season. The new season starts on September 5th of this year, as reported by The Oregonian.
The newspaper went on to say that lottery officials are currently testing the website to make sure it works perfectly. They’re also testing the ability of the lottery to support clients who want to use the sports book feature.
For the meantime, the lottery must ensure everything is perfect. Extra security testing will continue later.
“The testing will drive our launch date, as opposed to cutting corners to hit the first kickoff,” a source that did not want to be named told The Oregonian.
Once it starts, which is likely going to be 1 – 2 weeks later than anticipated, it’ll be called the “Oregon Lottery Scoreboard.” It will allow users to bet on pro sports.
Apart from the NFL, it also includes NBA, MLB, auto racing, NHL, tennis, pro soccer, mixed martial arts, and other athletics. College games, like what is found in the Pac 12, aren’t included for now.
The Oregonian reported that the betting options include single-game wagers, parlay, and live in-game betting. Part of the rules states that members must be at least 21 and must have their Social Security card.
Every bettor must reside in Oregon, and they must not live on tribal lands.
Members can make use of a mobile app or the official website to create an account. After creating an account, they can deposit funds which they can use to bet, and all winnings will go directly into their account.
Next year, another phase will be revealed in the world of sports betting. There will be betting kiosks at Oregon Lottery retail centers.
The Oregon Lottery planned to unveil the “Scoreboard” app as early as September this year. They partnered with SBTech, a B2B provider of sports betting platforms.
From 2015 – 2017, 58% of funds generated by Oregon Lottery was channeled into public education. Job creation took about 26%, while 1% of the funds were directed to assisting people with problem gambling.
A huge controversy erupted when the state partnered with SBTech. It rose from concerns that mobile sports betting will become available before the physical locations are unveiled, like restaurants and bars.
Owners of centers like this in Oregon are of the opinion that if mobile betting comes first, bettors would not see the need to come down to their stores.
The other organizations that partook in the bidding process were Playtech BGT Sports and Scientific Games. In March, days after hearing that the Oregon Lottery planned to award the deal to SBTech, the law firm in charge of Scientific Games, Perkins Coie, vehemently fought against the decision.
Among other accusations, Scientific Games claimed that state officials awarded the deal to SBTech while background checks on the company were not completed yet.