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Lottery company misses bid deadline

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: Lottery company misses bid deadline

One of the two major American lottery companies Tuesday let a key deadline pass for winning the right to operate a major chunk of North Carolina's new lottery games.

Rhode Island-based GTECH Holdings said it did not submit a letter of intent to bid for the right to operate instant-winner scratch-off ticket games in North Carolina. The letters signal a company's interest to the state and keep the company in the loop for more contract information.

GTECH's unwillingness to bid so far increases the odds that the multimillion-dollar contract for scratch-off games will go to the other major American lottery company, Scientific Games of Georgia. That company has been controversial in North Carolina since company officials disclosed this fall that it had contracted with House Speaker Jim Black's political director and one of his nominees to the state lottery commission to help gain passage of the lottery.

GTECH spokeswoman Angela Geryak Wiczek said Tuesday that the company hasn't ruled out a bid but that the company faces a significant financial hurdle in competing with Scientific Games.

The state's request for proposals requires the bidder to provide all services associated with scratch-off games, such as printing, marketing, warehousing and distributing tickets. Scientific Games is the only company that has shown it can do it all; GTECH lacks the capability to print tickets.

"We'd have to partner with an instant-ticket printer," Wiczek said.

Lottery commissioner Bob Farris said he would be concerned if Scientific Games were the only company to bid for the scratch-off games contract, but he said he had heard that other companies have filed letters of intent to bid. He said he did not know who they are.

At least one other company, Oberthur Gaming Technologies of Texas, has expressed concerns to lottery officials about the bundling of services in the scratch-off ticket proposal. Oberthur has suggested that the state offer a separate contract for printing the tickets to allow for more competition, as some states have done.

Wiczek said GTECH has delivered a letter of intent to bid on the online games that the state would offer, such as pick 3 or pick 4 lotto.

Rick Gates, a Scientific Games vice president, said the company has submitted letters of intent to bid on both the scratch-off ticket and online lottery games. He declined to comment further.

Don Reuter, a spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery, declined to identify the companies that submitted letters expressing an interest in bidding. He said that information would be made available when the lottery commission meets today.

The state's public records law does not give a state agency the right to withhold public information until it is first presented to other state officials.

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New Mexico
United States
Member #12305
March 10, 2005
2984 Posts
Posted: December 28, 2005, 8:47 am - IP Logged

Cool thing about writing those bid requirements.  You can study what your guy's got that the competition doesn't have, and you can write the requirements in a way that assures the folks you'll be most friendly with in the aftermath get a chance to be friendly.

Whole thing adds to human friendliness and excellent commercial outcomes.

However, it requires some delicacy NCians evidently aren't used to. You can't make it so obvious what you're doing that the guy who isn't going to win the bid doesn't even submit one.

Raises eyebrows and makes it a lot more difficult to maintain the illusion that there's actual bidding going on.


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    Northern California
    United States
    Member #19948
    August 9, 2005
    151 Posts
    Posted: December 28, 2005, 2:08 pm - IP Logged

    Jack is right on with this one.


    SciGames was allowed to write some of the actual legislative language - go figure why the bids are structured the way they are...



      Sparta, NJ
      United States
      Member #18331
      July 9, 2005
      1977 Posts
      Posted: December 28, 2005, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

      Jack is right on with this one.


      SciGames was allowed to write some of the actual legislative language - go figure why the bids are structured the way they are...



      Almost every law is initially written by special interest groups, then shot at by those that care.  Either that, or they copy the law from another state, and reword the end results.  You think some legislature dumbo has the brains to write laws?  Naw, only their signature counts.  It happens at every level of the government.  Let the Subject Matter Expert (SME) write it, and it will say what their interest group wants it to say.  Either that, or find a law you like from another state and use it for your platform.


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      I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice