Lottery wranglings could delay new D.C. scratch-off tickets for months
It could be many months before D.C. lottery players see their usual array of new tickets for sale, with a contract controversy that has depleted the D.C. Lottery's supply of scratch-off tickets and has cost the District government hundreds of thousands of dollars showing no sign of ending soon.
The latest delay comes after city financial officials moved to cancel the most recent solicitation for a new lottery vendor in December, saying the lone respondent's price was too high. The decision co ...
Jan 2, 2014, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lottery chief offers advice to fledgling Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Board received some much-needed advice and a stern warning from someone who has helped shepherd other states through the the complicated process of launching state-sponsored games of chance.
Rebecca Hargrove is the CEO of the Tennessee Lottery and is known as a guru on how to get lottery startups off the ground and running. Board Chairman Brian Scott asked her to pay a visit to help outline a game plan for the board at its second-ever meeting on Tuesday.
The energetic e ...
Jul 10, 2013, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery bases advertising hire on diversity
More capable company doesn't get contract for nondiversity, despite having female CEO
The Massachusetts Lottery's lucrative advertising contract, the source of the political downfall of former state Treasurer Tim Cahill, is again under fire after a marketing firm led by a prominent Boston businesswoman lost the bid under the state's diversity program.
The Patrick administration is defending the award of the $5 million Lottery contract to Connelly Partners, which is not owned by a woman or ...
Jul 8, 2013, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
New Jersey Lottery signs 15-year deal with Northstar NJ
Private company to take over marketing, sales, other functions
Scientific Games Corporation today announced that Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group, LLC ( Northstar NJ ) has signed a long-term agreement to provide marketing, sales and other services to the New Jersey Lottery.
Services under the agreement are expected to begin on October 1, 2013 following a transition period and end on June 30, 2029.
Northstar NJ is a joint venture comprised of Scientific Games New Jersey LLC, a subsidia ...
Jun 21, 2013, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games
La Fleur's annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors
By Todd Northrop
This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediat ...
Apr 26, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Court filings outline steering of D.C. lottery deal
In recorded conversation, official suggests ousting winner of bidding
Documents filed in federal court Thursday portray in vivid detail the efforts of a number of D.C. officials, including then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, to manipulate the outcome of the competitively bid, multimillion-dollar D.C. Lottery contract.
The documents, supported by transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, were filed in response to efforts by the city to resis ...
Sep 16, 2011, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
3 companies bid to run lucrative Texas Lottery
Three major gambling companies entered the competition by Tuesday to run Texas' lottery a massive operation that could pay $100 million per year to the winning bidder.
Scientific Games Corp., Intralot Inc. and GTECH Corp., which holds the current Texas operations contract, submitted cost proposals for the games, said Texas Lottery Commission spokesman Bobby Heith.
All are prominent companies in the lottery and gambling business worldwide and frequently compete with one another for U.S. sta ...
Jul 1, 2010, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery expands vending machine use
North Carolina Education Lottery Commission officials are hoping a new deal that will allow players to purchase Powerball and other game tickets from vending machines will help extend the lottery's reach into more retail chain stores, like Walmart.
The deal was made on Tuesday with GTECH Corp., which runs ticket printing and logistics for the state lottery. GTECH will provide the extra machines at no charge, in exchange for the state extending their contract with the company for four more yea ...
Aug 19, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery picks Scientific Games for instant tickets
A Georgia lottery equipment company will supply scratch-off tickets to Arkansas' fledging lottery, an oversight panel decided Wednesday.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission awarded an instant ticket contract worth 1.75 percent of net ticket sales to Alpharetta, Ga.-based Scientific Games Corp. The deal is expected to be worth millions of dollars based on a $400 million annual sales estimate.
Commissioners also awarded an advertising contract to a Little Rock firm, as the panel speeds toward a ...
Aug 10, 2009, 9:07 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery operator switch has some glitches
A new company began running the Ohio Lottery's computer system on Wednesday, causing frustrating problems for some retailers and leaving some winning tickets incorrectly coming up as losers.
Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said the problems were being worked out.
What we saw early were mostly common problems we had predicted, such as some calls from retailers who had forgotten sign-on passwords. But overall, selling has been going well, Kilbane said.
The Ohio Lottery decided last yea ...
Jul 1, 2009, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum