The Ohio Lottery is staying with its decision to go with a new vendor despite complaints from the company it has been doing business with for more than two decades.
In a letter Friday to GTECH Corp., Ohio Lottery Director Michael Dolan rebuffed the company's claims that the lottery botched the bidding process when it awarded a lucrative contract to competitor Intralot Inc
The contract, which would begin July 1, 2009, is estimated to be worth about $170 million and could last up to 10 years.
GTECH has said the lottery lowered its experience requirements to allow Intralot to compete for the contract of one of the country's largest state lotteries.
The largest U.S. lottery the company runs is Nebraska's.