Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack is giving Oregon Racing, Inc., better known as Portland Meadows, one final chance to save its contract with his agency, which was due to be cancelled Oct. 30.
Pack has agreed that his agency will make a "declaratory ruling" after considering Portland Meadows' final argument for why it should continue to be a Lottery retailer.
As WW previously reported, the Lottery moved earlier this year to sever ties with Portland Meadows after Oregon State Police investigators determined that the track was hosting poker games that conflicted with state social gaming laws.
That cancellation would have meant Portland Meadows giving up 10 video lottery terminals, more than any other Oregon retailer has on its premises. In 2016, Portland Meadows' Lottery contract generated $1.83 million in revenue for the state and $350,000 in commissions for Portland Meadows.
Pack's last-minute decision is the latest turn of the screw in a long-running battle between poker supporters and regulators.