PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After more than a month of delays, the Oregon Lottery said Tuesday morning the launch of a sports gambling app is “days” away.
Chuck Baumann with the Oregon Lottery confirmed to KOIN 6 News they are in the final stages of finalizing the banking transactions for the app and the lottery could be releasing new information about a launch date within the next few days.
Lottery officials had hoped the app, called ScoreBoard, would be available in time for the start of the National Football League season in early September, but it wasn’t quite ready.
Lottery spokesperson Matt Shelby told KOIN 6 News in September the delays were based on wanting to make sure the app, being developed by SBTech, will appropriately handle things like correctly taxing winnings and withholding court-ordered payments such as child support.
When it goes live, the Scoreboard app will allow gambling on the NFL, National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and other professional sports. Gambling on college sports won’t be allowed through Oregon Lottery for now. Like any other gambling in Oregon, players must be 21 and must physically be in Oregon to place bets.
By law, the revenue from sports gambling in Oregon will go to covering retirement costs for state employees. SBTech will also get a cut of the money raised.