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UK lottery operator license up for grabs
The licence to run the national lottery is up for grabs again, but some hopefuls say that the bidding process favors Camelot, the current UK Lottery operator. As the sun beat down on the Hyatt Regency hotel in M rida, on the Gulf of Mexico, several hundred delegates gathered inside last February for the World Lottery Forum. Representatives of lottery operators from Niger to New Zealand were welcomed by Mexican president Vicente Fox. They were there for their annual conference to discuss th
Apr 3, 2006, 9:42 am - Lottery News

New N.C. Lottery ad agency picked after earlier winner withdraws
The North Carolina lottery hired a new ad agency Tuesday to promote its games now less than six weeks from the start after the agency that originally won the job refused to put up a $500,000 bond to ensure its vendors were paid. The firm Wray Ward Laseter of Charlotte takes over a three-year contract to lead the lottery's projected $8 million a year advertising campaign. Howard Merrell Partners of Raleigh, the top bidder last week, quit a few days after winning the contract Feb. 14.
Feb 21, 2006, 12:20 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery accepts bids for $8 million ad contract
Four North Carolina agencies submitted proposals for the advertising contract on the state's new $8 million lottery account, the lottery said. Mullen in Winston-Salem and Howard Merrell Partners in Raleigh, both Interpublic Group shops, and independents Wray Ward Laseter and Douglas Displays, both of Charlotte, submitted bids for the account. The bids were opened late Friday at the lottery's offices in Cary, N.C. A three-person panel of lottery executives will cut the field to three final
Jan 31, 2006, 7:41 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery Commission Awards Vendor Contracts
The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission awarded contracts for both instant-win tickets and lotto-style games to GTECH Holdings Corp. on Monday. The deals were estimated to be worth $19.2 million in the first year alone.Tom Shaheen, executive director of the lottery, said the selection process was fair, comprehensive, had the greatest integrity and achieved the best result. He said he felt good about the selection, adding: I think we have a really strong company. GTECH, which is headqua
Jan 31, 2006, 6:50 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery could pick vendors today
North Carolina lottery commissioners meet Monday and could pick winning vendors to operate the state's scratch-off ticket games and online, or automated, numbers games.Rivals Scientific Games and G-TECH Holdings each filed bids for both vendor contracts.Each seven year contract could generate millions of dollars in revenue annually for the winner.Four agencies filed bids Friday to land the advertising account for the North Carolina Education Lottery.Lottery executive director Tom Shaheen wants t
Jan 30, 2006, 6:55 am - Lottery News

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. Charl
Jan 24, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery opens period for advertising bids
The North Carolina Education Lottery opened the bidding Wednesday for its advertising contract.The 86-page request for proposal states the lottery commission intends to hire only one firm to help market scratch-off ticket games, which are projected to begin in early April, and automated numbers games, which could start in mid-June.Firms must have their bids to the commission by Jan. 27, according to the tentative schedule released by the commission. Finalists will be announced Feb. 1, and the co
Jan 12, 2006, 9:36 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery will start on schedule, director says
Officials charged with starting a lottery in North Carolina said yesterday that they hope to award two major contracts by Feb. 2, despite a lawsuit intended to stop them.The officials also said they will soon contract with the state's Alcohol Law Enforcement Division to provide agents to screen lottery retailers. We're developing momentum in getting this going, said Charles Sanders, the former Glaxo chairman who heads the N.C. Lottery Commission.Officials have set April 5 as the target date to
Jan 9, 2006, 11:00 am - Lottery News

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 od
Dec 28, 2005, 6:54 am - Lottery News

Scientific Games to be allowed to bid on N.C. Lottery deal
Barring a Georgia lottery operator that had inside influence on the writing of North Carolina's state lottery law from running the game would leave only one bidder for the lucrative contract, the lottery commission chairman said Thursday.Also Thursday, a former federal magistrate was nominated to fill the last vacancy on the lottery commission and a legal foundation sued to have the Legislature's vote creating the lottery declared void.Charles Sanders, head of the lottery commission, said Scient
Dec 16, 2005, 6:53 am - Lottery News

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