EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Lottery is set to release a new gambling app called Scoreboard that will allow users to bet on professional sports.
Lottery officials said users will have to enter their social security number or driver's license information to verify their age.
Because the betting will be done on an app, the lottery will accept all major credit cards.
River McKenzie, of Problem Gambling Services in Eugene, said that aspect of the app is very worrisome.
"We have seen that cash only creates more of a friction, more of a barrier, so we're all a little concerned honestly about the fact that they can just use their credit card," McKenzie said.
In terms of addictions, River was concerned that this form of gambling, on a smartphone, is going to lead to issues.
"Combining it with a smartphone, which many of us experience as pretty compelling and sometimes addictive, and combining that with gambling which can also be addictive is just all concerning," McKenzie said.
However, a spokesman for the lottery said the app has a notification system set in place to help gamblers avoid betting outside of their means.
The app is set be released on Tuesday, and officials from the Oregon Lottery say they're very excited to finally showcase the app for sports fans.