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OREGON STATE LOTTERY

 

DIVISION 90

SPORTS ACTION

177-090-0000

Purpose and Disclaimer

(1) Purpose: These rules establish the procedures and requirements for playing Sports Action, a lottery game operated by the Oregon State Lottery.

(2) Disclaimer: Sports Action is not associated with, sponsored, or authorized by the National Football League (NFL).

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4), ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.213
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LC 6-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-2-93; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0005

Definitions

For the purposes of division 90, the following definitions apply except as otherwise specifically provided in OAR chapter 177 or unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) “Entry Form” means a play slip used by a player to choose the dollar amount to be wagered, the number of events selected, and the player’s chosen option for each event selected.

(2) “Event” means a game or a special play that a player may select.

(3) “Favorite” means the likely winning team of a game as indicated on the official program.

(4) “Game” means a professional football game between two teams.

(5) “Game ticket” or “ticket” means a computer-generated, printed paper issued by an Oregon Lottery terminal as a receipt for the events selected and the options chosen by a player and includes, but is not limited to, the following data: The name “Sports Action”, the purchase date, events selected, the option chosen for each selected event, the cost of the ticket, the identifying number for the specific play week, a six-digit retailer number, a serial number, and a bar code.

(6) “Official program” means the Lottery’s list of games with point spreads and special plays, including the options for each event a player may select for a particular play week.

(7) “Official Sports Action results” means the Lottery’s list of the final outcomes of the events scheduled for a given play week, showing the winning option for each event.

(8) “Option” means one of two possible outcomes for an event.

(9) “Parimutuel” means a system of wagering in which the money allocated for prizes from the total amount of money wagered on an event is divided among prizewinners in proportion to each prizewinner’s individual wager.

(10) “Play week” means a seven-day period:

(a) Beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday and ending at the scheduled start time of the last game on Monday during the pre-season and regular season; and

(b) Beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Monday and ending at the scheduled start time of the last game on Sunday during the post-season playoffs.

(11) “Point spread” means the number of points used to balance the possible outcome of an event, giving equal chance for each event’s success.

(12) “Prize category” means a division of the prize pool identified by a specific number of events selected by a player.

(13) “Prize pool” means the amount of money allocated from total sales for prizes.

(14) “Quick Pick” means the random selection by a terminal of events played on a ticket and an option for each event selected.

(15) “Special play” means an activity that occurs within a game, including, but not limited to, fumbles, interceptions, and sacks.

(16) “Draw game terminal” or “Terminal” has the meaning set forth in OAR 177-070-0005(4).

(17) “Underdog” means the likely losing team of a game as indicated on the official program.

Stat. Auth.: OR Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.010
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04; LOTT 6-2009, f. 9-28-09, cert. ef. 10-1-09

177-090-0010

Sports Action Description

(1) General: Sports Action is a Lottery game based on the outcome of a game or special play. Each play week during the Sports Action season, the Lottery will make available an official program, which lists the events for that play week. The play week's official program will contain at least eight events. For each game listed, the official program will indicate the favorite and the underdog and include a point spread. The point spread is added to the underdog score which is then compared to the favorite's score to determine the outcome of a game. The team with the highest score is the winner as specified in OAR 177-090-0055. The Lottery's point spread appearing on the official program is the only point spread applicable to Sports Action.

(2) Player Selections: A player is required to select at least three events on the official program but may select 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, or a maximum of 14 events.

(3) Lottery Selections: The Lottery will list a minimum of eight events up to a maximum of thirty events each week. The Director reserves the right to determine which events will be listed in the official program and whether to apply a point spread.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.010
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0015

Play Dates and Times

For a given play week, a player may purchase a ticket for an event starting at the beginning of the play week. After the scheduled start time of a game as listed on the official program, a ticket for that game and any special plays in that game can no longer be purchased. A ticket for a specific play week can not be purchased when there are less than three events remaining in that play week.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.213
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0020

Cost of a Ticket

The cost of a ticket is determined by the amount of money a player chooses to wager. The minimum wager is $2 per ticket. A player may choose to wager $2, $3, $4, $5, $10, or $20 per ticket.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.240
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LC 11-1990, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-90; LC 7-1993, f. & cert. ef. 8-4-93; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0025

Ticket Purchase, Characteristics, and Restrictions

(1) General: A Sports Action ticket may only be purchased from a Lottery retailer during the Sports Action season.

(2) Age of Player: A player must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a Sports Action ticket.

(3) Ticket Purchase Options: A ticket may be purchased from a clerk-operated terminal or from a player-operated terminal.

(a) Purchasing a Ticket from a Clerk-Operated Terminal: A player may purchase a ticket from a clerk-operated terminal by completing an entry form and submitting it with the amount of money to be wagered on the ticket to the clerk. The clerk will then issue a ticket to the player. Alternatively, a player may request a Quick Pick ticket from the clerk without using an entry form by informing the clerk of the number of events to be played and paying the amount of money to be wagered on the ticket.

(b) Purchasing a Ticket from a Player-Operated Terminal: A player may purchase a ticket from a player-operated terminal only by using an entry form and following the instructions appearing on the terminal screen. Once the entry form is completed, the player must insert into the terminal the entry form and the amount of money to be wagered on the ticket. The terminal will then issue a ticket to the player.

(4) Ticket Characteristics: A game ticket is the only proof of Sports Action game play, including the selections made by a player. The submission of a winning ticket to the Lottery or to an authorized retailer is the sole method for claiming a prize. An entry form or a copy of a game ticket has no pecuniary or prize value and does not constitute evidence of ticket purchase, the selections made by a player, or otherwise represent an opportunity to win a prize.

Stat. Auth.: OR Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.210
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LC 6-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-2-93; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04; LOTT 6-2009, f. 9-28-09, cert. ef. 10-1-09

177-090-0035

Cancellation of Tickets

(1) General: A player may cancel a Sports Action game ticket as set forth in OAR 177-046-0060 by returning the ticket to the selling retailer on the day of purchase prior to the time wagers are disabled before the first event listed on the ticket. After this time, the ticket cannot be canceled.

(2) Refund: In the event that a ticket is canceled in accordance with OAR 177-090-0035(1) and 177-046-0060, the player shall be entitled to a refund from the retailer equal to the cost shown on the player's ticket, not to exceed the maximum ticket cost of $20.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.210
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LC 11-1990, f. & cert. ef. 8-21-90; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0040

Prize Pool

(1) General: The prize pool consists of approximately sixty percent of the total amount of money wagered each week.

(2) Parimutuel: Except for the 3 of 3 and 4 of 4 prize categories, all prizes in each prize category are determined on a parimutuel basis. The prize for correctly selecting all three events in the 3 of 3 pool is $10 for a minimum $2 wager. The prize for correctly selecting all four events in the 4 of 4 pool is $20 for a minimum $2 wager.

(3) Rounding: Prize amounts are rounded down to the nearest ten cents.

(4) Carry Forward: If there is no winner in a prize category, the prize money in that category is carried forward and added to the prize pool for that prize category in the next play week. For example, if no player from all the players who played fourteen events correctly selects all fourteen winners, the money is carried forward and added to the prize pool for fourteen events in the next play week. If, in the next play week, one or more prize categories do not offer a comparable number of events, the prize pool will be carried forward to the prize category with the most events offered during that play week. For example, if the prize pool for the prize category of 12 of 12 events is carried forward to the next play week, but the largest prize category for that week is 10 of 10 events, the prize pool carried forward will be added to the prize pool for the 10 of 10 events.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.220
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0045

Payment of Prizes; Ticket Validation Requirements; Time

(1) Payment: Except as otherwise provided herein, prize payments must be claimed, and are made, in accordance with the provisions of OAR 177-070-0025.

(2) Ticket Validation: To be a valid ticket and eligible to receive a prize, a ticket must:

(a) Be validated in accordance with the provisions of OAR 177-070-0035; and

(b) Be a winner under OAR 177-090-0055.

(3) Time: A ticket with a winning event selection for the 3 of 3 and 4 of 4 prize categories may be validated and payable to a winner the day following the last event on the ticket. Other prizes are parimutuel and may be validated and payable on the day following the end of the play week when the Lottery’s central computer system is activated for that day.

(4) Limits: All prizes must be claimed within one year from the end of the play week in which the winning event occurred.

Stat. Auth.: OR Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.250(3) & 461.260
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; LC 18-1989, f. 11-7-89, cert. ef. 11-15-89; LC 6-1996, f. 5-30-96, cert. ef. 6-1-96; LOTT 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-28-98; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04; LOTT 6-2009, f. 9-28-09, cert. ef. 10-1-09

177-090-0050

Odds of Winning

The number of prizes for Sports Action is not pre-determined by the Lottery. The overall prize percentage payout for Sports Action prizes is estimated at sixty percent over time but will vary week to week, as well as year to year, due to factors including, but not limited to, the number of players participating each week and the number of winning wagers. The following table sets forth the estimated odds of winning Sports Action prizes: [Table not included: See ED. NOTE.]

[ED. NOTE: Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.220
Hist.: LC 14-1989, f. & cert. ef. 8-28-89; Administrative Correction 4-15-98; LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0055

Determination of Winners

(1) Favorite: To be a winning selection, the favorite must defeat the underdog by more points than the point spread.

(2) Underdog: To be a winning selection, the underdog must win the game or lose by fewer points than the point spread.

(3) General: To win, all of a player's event selections must match the final outcomes in the Lottery's official Sports Action results. For example, no prize shall be awarded to players who match 3 of 4 event selections, 5 of 7 event selections, or 11 of 14 event selections.

(4) Official Event Results: The scores and results for an event become official and final for the purpose of playing Sports Action when the Lottery enters the results in the Lottery's central computer system for purposes of validating winning tickets. Once the results are entered, the Lottery shall not recognize any changes, including, but not limited to, the game's final score, or any protests, overturned decisions, or statistical changes made by the professional sports league or organization overseeing the game that changes the outcome of a special play.

(5) Availability of Results: At the end of each play week, the Lottery will provide Sports Action results to the public through appropriate means.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV, Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.210, ORS 461.220, ORS 461.230 & ORS 461.250
Hist.: LOTT 10-1999, f. 6-30-99, cert. ef. 7-1-99; LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

177-090-0057

Game Cancellation, Postponement, or Termination

(1) Game Cancellation: If a game is officially canceled prior to the start, or during the course of play, the final outcome for the game and for each special play associated with the game will be determined by using the Lottery's random number generator.

(2) Multiple Game Cancellations: If multiple games for a play week are officially canceled, the Director may instead authorize a refund equal to the cost shown on the player's ticket.

(3) Game Postponed: If a game is officially postponed prior to the start, or during the course of play, play on a Sports Action ticket, which includes that game, may continue until the rescheduled starting time for the game. In the exercise of the Director's discretion, the final outcome for a postponed game and any special plays associated with that game may instead be determined by using the Lottery's random number generator.

(4) Game Terminated after Play Has Started: If a game is officially terminated after play has started and the results of that game are declared as official and final by the NFL, the Lottery will adopt those results. Results include the final score of the game and any special plays within that game.

Stat. Auth.: Or. Const. Art. XV,Sec. 4(4) & ORS 461
Stats. Implemented: ORS 461.213
Hist.: LOTT 12-2004, f. 7-28-04 cert. ef. 8-3-04

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