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Illinois Lottery privatization announcement expected Wednesday

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Southtown Star Editorial

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to make a billion-dollar decision to which most of us haven't paid much attention. For months, consortiums and companies have been working behind the scenes to become the jackpot winner of a prize that will set an international gambling precedent.

Illinois is soon to become the first in the United States to turn over its state lottery operations to a privately owned company. How this experiment progresses undoubtedly will set precedent for the gambling industry, one that will change how states and countries operate their lotteries.

So last week, when the governor's office indicated his very own Pick 2 choices on the finalists, Northstar and Camelot Group, you can bet two international lottery managing companies were very interested.

The first is Lottomatica, a gambling consortium based in Italy that runs two-thirds of the world's lotteries. A few years ago, Lottomatica bought up a lottery specializing company called GTECH for more than $4 billion. GTECH and its associated company, Scientific Games, operate Illinois' lottery and instant ticket games. Northstar, one of Quinn's finalists, is the company under which GTECH and Scientific Games operate in Illinois.

Camelot Group, Quinn's other finalist pick, is owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund and runs the United Kingdom's lottery. Taking over the day-to-day task of overseeing Illinois' lottery would be the pot o' gold at the end of Camelot Group's rainbow.

The Illinois Legislature decided last year to turn over day-to-day operations to an outside company, and lawmakers bestowed on Quinn the power of choosing that company. How would you advise him?

First, it's a little unseemly that both of the governor's choices for managing and marketing the possible $2 billion Illinois Lottery project are owned by non-American companies. Are there no wholly American companies qualified to take on the job?

Second, good government groups have questioned the governor's mysterious selection process. Illinoisans were not told which companies bid on the project. We were told only the top two finalists.

Why? Making the bidding process more transparent may have tainted the process, the governor's office said.

Being that we're from Illinois, it seemed natural to scan the Illinois Board of Elections' Web site to see if any of the interested companies had recently made campaign contributions. We found Scientific Games, part of the Northstar Group, gave $10,000 to Rod Blagojevich in December 2004. But GTECH, also of Northstar, gave most of its campaign donations to Republicans, including $7,500 to the Illinois Republican Party itself during George Ryan's administration.

While those donations may have helped Northstar land its current relationship with the Illinois lottery system, they may not have much effect on Quinn's pending decision. But state records won't show any recent campaign contributions until we get closer to November.

There were no Camelot Group contributions to any Illinois candidates or political organizations listed in the Board of Elections' online records.

But the Camelot Group admitted it is more interested if the federal government allows lottery sales on the Internet, opening Illinois lottery sales to international gamblers, thus making it the first state to sell lottery tickets to Third World countries.

Frankly, that's really what lottery management and marketing companies are pushing to happen. The argument is that there are non-American gambling enterprises already online, and although online gambling is a violation of federal law, it already is available via offshore-based Web sites.

Why shouldn't American gamblers also have access to Internet lottery tickets?

It's always been disturbing to be caught in line at the 7-11 behind a sweet little old lady who's spending a portion of her Social Security check on lottery tickets. It's even more disturbing when you hear her good intentions to buy Stars and Stripes tickets to help veterans.

But if Camelot Group and other entities pushing for Internet lottery sales get what they want, Widow Smith won't need to make her way to the neighborhood convenience store or gas station to throw away her precious dollars. She'll be able to directly transfer her Social Security funds to an online gambling account.

It's distressing no matter which way you cut it. But forgive me, I never saw how the lottery helped education in Illinois, as we were promised it would. Let's not be fools. We won't benefit as we've been promised. It will be the international shadow people who benefit from our dramatic shift to gambling dependency.

I talked with the only anti-gambling lobbying group in Illinois about its thoughts on the governor's pending decision. Leaders of the group were frustrated because their hands are tied. Quinn will not reveal which companies bid and what their plans were. His office denied their Freedom of Information query about who he picked to serve on his advisory committee.

When Quinn announces his lottery operation choice — expected Wednesday — know that unless something drastic takes place this week, we may never know how he made that billion-dollar decision for the rest of us.

And sadly, Illinois' laughingstock reputation will be reinforced once again. You can bet on it.

Southtown Star

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Posted: September 14, 2010, 9:56 am - IP Logged

Illinois is not a real State ...... it is a political club run by a thugocracy!

I wonder if Blago is in on this!

Next ......... gun carry permits to the highest bidders!

There has never been a shady deal done in Illinois ............................................. Stooges

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    Posted: September 14, 2010, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

    Southtown Star Editorial

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to make a billion-dollar decision to which most of us haven't paid much attention. For months, consortiums and companies have been working behind the scenes to become the jackpot winner of a prize that will set an international gambling precedent.

    Illinois is soon to become the first in the United States to turn over its state lottery operations to a privately owned company. How this experiment progresses undoubtedly will set precedent for the gambling industry, one that will change how states and countries operate their lotteries.

    So last week, when the governor's office indicated his very own Pick 2 choices on the finalists, Northstar and Camelot Group, you can bet two international lottery managing companies were very interested.

    The first is Lottomatica, a gambling consortium based in Italy that runs two-thirds of the world's lotteries. A few years ago, Lottomatica bought up a lottery specializing company called GTECH for more than $4 billion. GTECH and its associated company, Scientific Games, operate Illinois' lottery and instant ticket games. Northstar, one of Quinn's finalists, is the company under which GTECH and Scientific Games operate in Illinois.

    Camelot Group, Quinn's other finalist pick, is owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund and runs the United Kingdom's lottery. Taking over the day-to-day task of overseeing Illinois' lottery would be the pot o' gold at the end of Camelot Group's rainbow.

    The Illinois Legislature decided last year to turn over day-to-day operations to an outside company, and lawmakers bestowed on Quinn the power of choosing that company. How would you advise him?

    First, it's a little unseemly that both of the governor's choices for managing and marketing the possible $2 billion Illinois Lottery project are owned by non-American companies. Are there no wholly American companies qualified to take on the job?

    Second, good government groups have questioned the governor's mysterious selection process. Illinoisans were not told which companies bid on the project. We were told only the top two finalists.

    Why? Making the bidding process more transparent may have tainted the process, the governor's office said.

    Being that we're from Illinois, it seemed natural to scan the Illinois Board of Elections' Web site to see if any of the interested companies had recently made campaign contributions. We found Scientific Games, part of the Northstar Group, gave $10,000 to Rod Blagojevich in December 2004. But GTECH, also of Northstar, gave most of its campaign donations to Republicans, including $7,500 to the Illinois Republican Party itself during George Ryan's administration.

    While those donations may have helped Northstar land its current relationship with the Illinois lottery system, they may not have much effect on Quinn's pending decision. But state records won't show any recent campaign contributions until we get closer to November.

    There were no Camelot Group contributions to any Illinois candidates or political organizations listed in the Board of Elections' online records.

    But the Camelot Group admitted it is more interested if the federal government allows lottery sales on the Internet, opening Illinois lottery sales to international gamblers, thus making it the first state to sell lottery tickets to Third World countries.

    Frankly, that's really what lottery management and marketing companies are pushing to happen. The argument is that there are non-American gambling enterprises already online, and although online gambling is a violation of federal law, it already is available via offshore-based Web sites.

    Why shouldn't American gamblers also have access to Internet lottery tickets?

    It's always been disturbing to be caught in line at the 7-11 behind a sweet little old lady who's spending a portion of her Social Security check on lottery tickets. It's even more disturbing when you hear her good intentions to buy Stars and Stripes tickets to help veterans.

    But if Camelot Group and other entities pushing for Internet lottery sales get what they want, Widow Smith won't need to make her way to the neighborhood convenience store or gas station to throw away her precious dollars. She'll be able to directly transfer her Social Security funds to an online gambling account.

    It's distressing no matter which way you cut it. But forgive me, I never saw how the lottery helped education in Illinois, as we were promised it would. Let's not be fools. We won't benefit as we've been promised. It will be the international shadow people who benefit from our dramatic shift to gambling dependency.

    I talked with the only anti-gambling lobbying group in Illinois about its thoughts on the governor's pending decision. Leaders of the group were frustrated because their hands are tied. Quinn will not reveal which companies bid and what their plans were. His office denied their Freedom of Information query about who he picked to serve on his advisory committee.

    When Quinn announces his lottery operation choice — expected Wednesday — know that unless something drastic takes place this week, we may never know how he made that billion-dollar decision for the rest of us.

    And sadly, Illinois' laughingstock reputation will be reinforced once again. You can bet on it.

    don't  do  it  .....its  a trap  and  they  will  steal  you  blind  ......No Pity!

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      Posted: September 14, 2010, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

      Illinois has the government it deserves.

      They keep on voting in the same crooks.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        Posted: September 15, 2010, 7:14 am - IP Logged

        frankly I don't understand why people offer such stupidity

        hello, all this does is make sure private people are getting money by state sanctioned monopoly

        frankly, they should be locked in jail

        because it makes no sense in the logic of it

        because if  they kept running a lottery that would keep all the profits.

        Now they're giving the profits to a private individual, group of individuals or corporations

        this is just standard government stupidity, they want short-term money long-term costs

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          Posted: September 15, 2010, 8:21 am - IP Logged

          I am having a cup of tea today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            Posted: September 15, 2010, 2:32 pm - IP Logged

            Any political opponents of Quinn or his party would be wise to follow the money trail on this one.

            This just sounds too typical of the scams pulled in Illinois so many times before.

            Quinn just might be the next two-term Illinois Governor - one term in office, one term in jail.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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              Posted: September 15, 2010, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

              Any political opponents of Quinn or his party would be wise to follow the money trail on this one.

              This just sounds too typical of the scams pulled in Illinois so many times before.

              Quinn just might be the next two-term Illinois Governor - one term in office, one term in jail.

              Yes, maybe so.

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                Posted: September 22, 2010, 4:53 am - IP Logged

                May I join U? 

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                  Yes, join us and welcome to Lottery Post, teddy-pepper!


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

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                    Posted: September 23, 2010, 2:42 am - IP Logged

                    It's kind of just like the lottery itself going for the cash option as oppossed to an annuity, isn't it?

                    I think these states doing this are going to wind up regretting it. Why sell a cash cow?

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                    Lep

                    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.