Oregon sports betting options consist of a mobile betting application and website operated by the state lottery plus retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos. The Oregon Lottery is also set to launch self-serve sports betting kiosks across the state and to eventually roll out a lottery-style sports betting game.
Mobile sports betting debuted in October 2019 with the launch of the Scoreboard app run by the Oregon Lottery. The Scoreboard app allows customers 21 or older to bet on pro sports only via Android and iOS or from any desktop at the Oregon Lottery website.
Other legal online betting options in Oregon include daily fantasy sports and parimutuel horse racing betting.
Legal Betting Sites in Oregon
Horse and Greyhound Betting:
In-person gambling options in Oregon consist of tribal casinos, one horse racing track, social gaming, charitable gaming and licensed poker games.
Mobile Sports Betting in Oregon
Mobile betting is now live in Oregon. The State Lottery has launched a mobile betting app called Scoreboard for iOS and Android devices as well as online wagering at the Oregon Lottery website for desktop users.
The Oregon mobile betting app only accepts wagers on pro sports, but lottery officials have said they will consider college betting at a later date. Betting got underway through the Oregon Lottery app at first and will be followed by the launch of betting kiosks placed throughout the state.
Key things to know about Oregon online sports betting:
- Available through the Scoreboard app for iOS and Android devices
- Download the iOS version for iPhones and iPads from the App Store
- Visit the Oregon Lottery website for a direct download link for the Android app
- Desktop users can bet online at the Oregon Lottery website
- Open to customers 21+
- Customers must be located within Oregon but do not need to be state residents
- Oregon online betting will be restricted to pro sports for now; will consider adding college betting later
In-person sports betting is legal in Oregon. Tribal casinos now have the legal authority to open retail sportsbooks while the Oregon Lottery will be launching self-service betting kiosks in the near future. The Chinook Winds Casino was the first to commence in-person betting and additional sportsbooks are expected to follow suit.
Oregon Sports Betting Law
The Oregon Lottery is in a unique position to launch sports betting without having to wait for legislative action thanks to Oregon being one of the few states granted an exemption from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).
Under PASPA, any form of sports betting already legal and being conducted during a stretch of time running from 1989 through 1991 was grandfathered in. At that time, the Oregon Lottery had a sports wagering game called Sports Action that allowed customers to place parlay-style bets on NFL and NBA games. Sports Action was shut down in 2007, but the law authorizing Sports Action was never formally repealed.
Thus, the Oregon Lottery did not have to wait for a new law to launch sports betting. Existing law already gives the lottery authorization to launch a mobile betting app, install betting kiosks and authorize in-person wagers at retail locations.
The Oregon Lottery partnered with online gaming firm SBTech to launch mobile betting across the state. The contract with SBTech was met with some controversy, but the Oregon Lottery committed to the agreement and launched Scoreboard in October 2019.
Oregon Daily Fantasy Sports
State law does not specifically address daily fantasy sports but all major DFS operators are active in Oregon. Oregon is one of the few states in the Union with a law on the books that specifically prohibits online gambling, but its applicability to fantasy sports is questionable at best due to the high degree of skill involved in DFS contests.
ORS §167.117 defines “gambling” as risking something of value on “the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the control or influence of the person, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.”
An argument could be made that the statute applies to fantasy contests, but the outcome of such a case would be far from certain. Most states treat DFS as a game of skill and it seems Oregon agrees. To date, the state has never moved to take action against fantasy sports providers.
Thus, major providers such as DraftKings and FanDuel operate openly in Oregon with no trouble from the state. Lawmakers attempted to clarify the issue in 2017 with the introduction of two competing bills.
One (HB 2761) sought to include fantasy sports in the state’s definition of “gambling.” This would most likely have resulted in the end of daily fantasy sports as we know them in Oregon.
The other (HB 2549) wanted to instead authorize the Oregon State Lottery Commission to regulate the industry and issue licenses to DFS sites. HB 2549 did not offer many details on its own apart from standard rules such as a minimum age of 18, segregation of players’ funds from operational funds and prohibit participation of users who may have conflicts of interest. The Lottery Commission would have been tasked with filling in the details.
However, both bills failed to advance and the status quo remains in effect to this day.
Oregon Horse Racing Betting
Oregon is quite accepting of horse racing betting in all its forms. The Racing Commission oversees all live racing, simulcasting racing betting and even online wagering. Several of the largest horse betting sites in the country operate under a license from the state’s racing commission.
Online Horse Racing Betting in OR
A bill signed in 1997 made Oregon one of the first and only states to regulate horse wagering websites. This is the state from which TwinSpires, TVG and other big names in the industry operate legally. The commission currently licenses 9 betting companies that operate dozens of individual racing betting sites.
Racing websites licensed in other US jurisdictions (such as North Dakota) are also permitted to accept wagers from Oregon residents. Readers can see our full reviews of each site here:
The Oregon Lottery was authorized in 1984 and established the following year. Since then, it has raised more than $11 billion for a variety of state programs such as education, economic development, state parks, watershed enhancement, veteran services and much more.
Today, the Oregon Lottery is one of the more comprehensive state lotteries with a wide offering of games. Customers can purchase tickets to multi-state drawings such as Powerball and Mega Millions, state-level games such as Megabucks and Win for Life and scratch-off tickets.
The lottery also maintains a network of video lottery terminals throughout the state. These games closely resemble slots – and for all intents and purposes basically are slots – but work based on different internal mechanics. From the player’s point of view, the difference is minimal. Oregon video lottery games come in all different themes, feature spinning reels, accept various bet sizes and issue random payouts just like slots.
The Oregon Lottery has for a long time taken an open-minded approach to gaming. For instance, the Oregon Lottery was one of just several state lotteries to offer sports betting games before and during the federal sports betting prohibition.
After the Supreme Court ended the federal sports betting prohibition in 2018, the Oregon Lottery took advantage of the situation and began drawing up plans to authorize full-on sports betting.
Oregon Online Lottery
The Oregon Lottery itself does not sell tickets or scratch-off games online, but it did authorize third-party lottery courier service Jackpocket.com to purchase tickets on behalf of customers beginning in April 2020.
Jackpocket is licensed and approved by the Oregon Lottery and operates in a handful of states. Through the Jackpocket app, customers can order tickets from anywhere inside Oregon and the company will purchase real tickets on their behalf and send an e-mail verifying the purchase, including the ticket’s serial number.
Winnings up to $600 are automatically credited to customers’ online accounts and can be withdrawn electronically. Winnings over $600 prompt Jackpocket to deliver the actual ticket to the customer, who can then claim the prize as normal.
Legal Online Gambling in Oregon
Online casinos and poker sites are prohibited under Oregon law. That leaves sports betting, daily fantasy sports and horse racing betting as the next closest alternatives to legal online gambling in Oregon.
Currently, there are no efforts underway at this time to legalize online gambling and no indications that lawmakers are interested in pursuing the issue. A lottery spokesman said in 2013 that the lottery was taking a “wait and see” approach regarding online gambling, but nothing has developed since then.
Oregon is one of a few states with laws on the books that specifically prohibit the conduct of online gambling, particularly regarding financial transactions. ORS § 167.109 outlaws the processing of transactions related to the conduct of unlawful online gambling:
167.109 Internet gambling. (1) A person engaged in an Internet gambling business may not knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful gambling using the Internet:
(a) Credit, or the proceeds of credit, extended to or on behalf of such other person, including credit extended through the use of a credit card;
(b) An electronic funds transfer or funds transmitted by or through a money transmission business, or the proceeds of an electronic funds transfer or money transmission service, from or on behalf of the other person;
(c) Any check, draft or similar instrument that is drawn by or on behalf of the other person and is drawn on or payable at or through any financial institution; or
(d) The proceeds of any other form of financial transaction that involves a financial institution as a payor or financial intermediary on behalf of or for the benefit of the other person.
(2) Violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class C felony. [2001 c.502 §2]
State law does not specifically criminalize participating in unlicensed online gambling as a player, but existing law could be interpreted to apply to players.
ORS § 167.116 defines gambling as follows:
“Gambling” means that a person stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the control or influence of the person, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
The law includes a few exceptions that aren’t considered gambling. Certain games that are played for tokens, games run by charitable, fraternal and religious organizations and social games are all considered not gambling under the law.
A little further down in that same section, the law explains that “unlawful gambling” is defined as any gambling game not specifically authorized by Oregon law. Section 167.122 makes it a Class A misdemeanor crime to participate as a player in any form of unlawful gambling.