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Major events in Oregon gaming history


A racetrack is added to the state fairgrounds in Salem


Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized
Multnomah Greyhound Park opens in May


Portland Meadows opens in September


Grants Pass Downs opens


In November, voters approve a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery


The Lottery begins ticket sales in April
In November, the Lottery adds Megabucks, its first lotto game


Daily 4 is introduced in March


The Lottery begins selling pulltab tickets in January
Lotto America is launched in February


The Lottery introduces Sports Action, based on professional football games
Off-track wagering begins


The Lottery launches fast-draw keno in September


Video poker begins in March after legislative action in 1991
Powerball replaces Lotto America in April
Cow Creek Bingo Hall opens in April; it would become the Seven Feathers Casino


Kah-nee-ta High Desert Resort & Casino and Chinook Winds Casino Resort open


The Lottery discontinues Daily 4 in October
The legislature passes a bill authorizing Oregon to act as a hub for account wagering operators
Kla-Mo-Ya Casino opens


The Lottery launches a new Pick 4 daily game in April
Last year of racing at the state fairgrounds in Salem


Scoreboard is the Lottery’s second game based on professional football
Instant racing machines are installed at Multnomah and Portland Meadows, but they were removed by the tracks' owner in November


The Lottery introduces Click&Play instant games played on PCs
Last year of racing at Multnomah and the track closes for good December 31
Three Rivers Casino opens


Line games are added to the video lottery program beginning in May
Texas Hold’em and similar games are added to the list of approved charitable games


In February, the Lottery ends sales of Sports Action and Scoreboard following legislative action removing a directive to offer sports games


The Lottery discontinues sales of pulltab tickets in April


Mega Millions is added in March


Old Camp Casino closes in November


The legislature approves historical racing machines at Portland Meadows


Portland Meadows opens its historical racing games area in February
Three Rivers Casino Coos Bay opens in May

Casinos and casino-style gaming

The legislature authorized video lottery terminals in 1991, and they began operating with video poker in March 1992. Line games were added beginning in May 2005.

As of June 2016, there were 11,909 VLTs spread throughout the state.

Oregon Lottery
500 Airport Road SE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone (503) 540-1000

Tribal gaming

There are nine tribes in Oregon with Class III gaming compacts and eight currently operate casinos.

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians of Oregon – Three Rivers Casinos in Florence and Coos Bay
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon – Spirit Mountain Casino
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation – Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation – Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of OR – Indian Head Casino
Coquille Tribe of Oregon – The Mill Casino
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon – Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Klamath Tribes – Kla-Mo-Ya Casino

Local oversight of tribal casinos is provided by the Oregon State Police Gaming Enforcement Division.



The Oregon Lottery began ticket sales April 25, 1985, with an instant game. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks, Keno, Lucky Lines, Win For Life and Pick 4. The Lottery also offers limited-run raffle games. Video lottery terminals are available at select bars and taverns around the state.

Lottery proceeds support public education (61%), economic development (23%) and state parks and natural resources (15%). The remaining one percent of lottery revenues are allocated for problem gambling treatment programs.

Oregon Lottery
500 Airport Road SE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone (503) 540-1000


Pari-mutuel facilities

There is currently one commercial horse racetrack operating in the state. In 2016, five summer fair meetings are scheduled; the largest is at Grants Pass. Off-track betting began in 1989 and there are currently 10 OTB facilities in operation. The state also serves as a hub for national account wagering operators. Greyhound racing was discontinued at the end of 2004 with the closing of Multnomah Greyhound Park.

Historical racing (gaming-like machines offering pari-mutuel wagering on old races) were legalized in 2013 at Portland Meadows and the racetrack opened its gaming area in February 2015. Portland Meadows and Multnomah had briefly offered similar machines in 2003.

Portland Meadows
1001 N. Schmeer Road
Portland, OR 97217

Grants Pass Downs
Josephine County Fairgrounds
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Oregon Racing Commission                    
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 310
Portland, OR 97232
Phone (971) 673-0207

Charitable gaming

Bona fide, nonprofit, tax exempt organizations may offer bingo, raffle and Monte Carlo event gaming as a means of raising funds for their charitable programs.

Charitable Activities Section
Department of Justice
1515 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 410
Portland, OR 97201
Phone (971) 673-1880

Last updated on March 18, 2017