Oregon Lottery Director hints at upcoming DraftKings Sportsbook

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Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack indicated the state may soon transition from its current sport betting provider SBTech to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Pack made the remarks during the Oregon Lottery’s February meeting last Friday. The lottery oversees Scoreboard, an online sportsbook that launched in October 2019.

“In Scoreboard news, with all of the events over the last year, you may have missed that our Scoreboard platform partner SBTech was purchased by DraftKings,” said Pack. “DraftKings is well-established in the US and this presents a lottery with opportunities, including benefitting from the economies of scale offered by the company. We are in initial discussions with them about a new contract to transition Scoreboard off the SBTech platform and onto the DraftKings platform, as well as any other potential products and services. It is likely I will be coming to you in the March meeting for approval of a major procurement for this purpose.”

By adopting DraftKings as its sole online sportsbook operator, Oregon would follow the lead of the New Hampshire Lottery, whose DraftKings partnership netted approximately $200m in mobile handle over the last six months of 2020.

Comparatively, Oregon’s single-vendor model has struggled to garner much traction over its first 15 months. Through January 2021, Scoreboard generated just $263m in handle with revenue of less than $23m.

Scoreboard was hindered last spring by the Covid-19 pandemic and a cyberattack on SBTech, which temporarily shut down the online sportsbook.

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