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“Oregon’s official stance is wait and see,” Harry Esteve reported earlier this year in The Oregonian. Not much has changed to alter that iGaming stance, which the states finds most applicable to their lottery.
“The Lottery also continues to be prohibited from offering its line and poker games online, which further limits our ability to appeal to a broader, younger market segment,” they said in its 2014 Video Lottery Marketing Plan.
Oregon lawmakers continue to watch iGaming movement in other states, though one man has already made up his mind.
“I wouldn’t support it,” Gov. John Kitzhaber has been reported as saying. “To the extent I have the levers to say ‘No,’ I would use them.”
Even so, Esteve reports that officials could feel pressure to take up iGaming as a way to increase revenue if nearby states, like California, legalize and regulate. Oregon won’t be trailblazers in the iGaming world, but they are a potential domino. Look for discussions to heat up in the “Beaver State” if and when California legalizes iGaming in 2015.