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
Arkansas lottery bill nearly ready for review
When lawmakers finally get their hands on the bill to create the Arkansas lottery, they may want to find a comfortable chair they'll be reading for a while.
When it's filed, you will understand why it's taken so long, House Speaker Robbie Wills said in an interview in his office. It's going to be over 100 pages.
Wills filed a shell lottery bill in the House before the session started, after voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to create a state lottery to fund colleg ...
Feb 2, 2009, 3:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery awards $105M ad contract
Energy BBDO awarded multi-year contract worth $105 million
The Illinois Lottery announced Thursday that it has awarded Energy BBDO its $105 million general market advertising contract.
Energy BBDO, along with Omnicom partners OMD and The Integer Group, will assist Lottery with strategic planning, media planning and buying, creative development and production, promotion, Web development and other marketing communication endeavors.
The Illinois Department of Revenue put out a request for ...
Jan 23, 2009, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery firm fined $1.4 million over security breaches
The Washington, D.C. government has fined the company that runs the D.C. Lottery $1.4 million for security breaches, a decision that could reignite a debate over selecting the next contractor to operate the city's gaming industry.
In a letter to Lottery Technology Enterprises, District contracting officer Eric W. Payne said the company failed to conduct proper oversight of its employees, allowing $72,855 in payouts to fraudulent winners and $86,166 in stolen tickets in 2005 and 2006.
As a ...
Sep 19, 2008, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery signs 7-year contract with Intralot
The New Mexico Lottery today awarded a contract for a new computer gaming system to Georgia-based Intralot, ending a competitive bidding process that started more than two and a half years ago.
Over the life of the seven-year contract, the lottery will pay Intralot a base price of 1.50 percent or $18.2 million on projected total net sales of $1.15 billion. Intralot's base price includes ticket sale and validation terminals for 1,100 lottery retailers statewide as well as related peripher ...
Nov 20, 2007, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum