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N.C. lottey commission to announce vendor choice

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. lottey commission to announce vendor choice

A controversial decision is due next week from North Carolina's lottery commission.

The state will choose which company provides the actual games like scratch-off tickets.

But one company may be in trouble with the law. The lottery commission has faced questions about gaming company Scientific Games for months.

"I think the question is do they want to bid? And second, if they do bid are they able to handle a lottery this big? I don't know the answer to this but we're open to all bidders," Dr. Charles Sanders of the North Carolina Lottery Commission explained.

It was a tough thought before and now commissioners face the question head on with just two companies to choose from.

David McLennan, a Peace College political expert said, "If that company is chose, although it might be the best provider of services and cost for the state, it's going to raise questions from the public."

Records show it wrote portions of the lottery law, hired a former lottery commissioner for consulting work and hired a former top aide of State House Speaker Jim Black, who may have also lobbied illegally.

Because of that, the company could face misdemeanor charges.

Sanders said no company will provide games that has been committed of a crime.

McLennan said, "If [Sanders] lives up to his word if this were to happen he would have to choose another company, GTECH, or another company."

"I think it's distracting," Bob Farris of the commission said. "I think all of that is distracting, but you can't worry about the past you have to move forward with it the best we can."

But political experts believe the recent problems could actually make Scientific Games a good choice too.

"Because of the scrutiny, they may be under they're practices are going to be above board, pay attention to detail and there may be no problems because of that."

The state will announce the two seven-year contracts worth millions of dollars next week.

The state must also choose an advertising company to help the state promote the lottery and help raise revenue.

Bids to get that contract are due a week from Friday.

Under state law, advertising can't exceed one-percent of the lottery's total revenues.

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Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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Posted: January 24, 2006, 8:47 pm - IP Logged
LOL

Sanders said no company will provide games that has been committed of a crime.

That's like trying to find a person who have never told a lie.

It should read who have never been caught committing a crime.HA!

takeemtothebank

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    Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:18 pm - IP Logged

    Whoever's by now beyond bored to death of seeing articles in here that are headlined as "N.C. Lottery..." please raise your hand. Most of us don't live there or don't play there, so a NC Lottery story is only interesting if it involves someone winning a jackpot or something at least more interesting than something like "N.C. Lottery To Install Beige Carpeting In Headquarters". Also, it pushes down the more entertaining stories like "Lottery Winner Caught Shoplifting at Shop-Rite".

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      Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:25 pm - IP Logged

      "N.C. Lottery To Install Beige Carpeting In Headquarters". 

      LOL

       

                                     

                    

       

       

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        Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

        Good Idea to introduce the USA Lottery!  We need a national lottery to take care of charitable efforts of the USA and other areas of the world when NATURAL DISASTERS Strike.  And believe me, they are going to come in a D-e-l-u-g-e! in the next ten years.  (Read the national weather service web sites).  Can we depend on the generosity of citizens like 911 and the great out-pouring of generosity for Hurricane Katrina? There were other disaters in the world as well, such as the Sunami, several earthquakes...the list goes on.

        So, to introduce this phenomenal lottery, lets start by offering prizes to promote the lottery.  In each state there will be top prizes in addition to the cash valued Jackpots. Come on ya'll, Let's hear it for the

        PatriotUSA Lottery!Patriot 

          Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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          Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

          "N.C. Lottery To Install Beige Carpeting In Headquarters". 

          LOL

          ROFL

          takeemtothebank

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            Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

            I don't really care who wins the on-line contract. But I want SciGames to win the instant contract. Oberthur tickets are very hard to scratch off. In fact they aren't even scratch-off tickets, but rather scrape-and-peel-off tickets. You Virginia and Maryland players should know what I'm talking about.

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              Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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              Posted: January 24, 2006, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

              SmashI'm boycotting until they get pick 3 anyway. 

              takeemtothebank