Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in retention bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it.
A Tribune investigation has found the state approved paying bonuses as part of a complicated deal it struck in 2015 with the firm, Northstar Lottery Group. Northstar agreed to end its 10-year deal early if the state met a host of conditions, including paying Northstar disentanglement fees, which inclu ...
Mar 29, 2017, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery private manager still on job after firing
Finding a new lottery manager proves tricky for state government
When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.
Then the company missed sales goals, and two governors tried to fire Northstar Lottery Group. But Northstar remains on the job more than two years later, and the firm is now able to collect millions of dollars mor ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Governor appeals loss in lottery case
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead in his legal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the state-run Florida Lottery.
The Scott administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that found that lottery officials lacked the legal authority to approve a 15-year contract worth more than $700 million.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary in February, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal, because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's authorize ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Battle over Florida Lottery contract goes to court
A Florida judge must decide if the administration of Gov. Rick Scott broke the law when the state lottery approved a contract worth over $700 million.
Attorneys for the Florida Lottery and House Speaker Richard Corcoran squared off in court on Monday for several hours. Judge Karen Gievers did not immediately rule.
Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary last month, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's au ...
Mar 6, 2017, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery sued by House over contract
Just another political battle masquerading as a lawsuit?
Florida's House of Representatives filed a lawsuit late Friday accusing the Florida Lottery of illegally signing a long-term contract for ticket sales, escalating a feud between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a week before the legislative session begins.
Corcoran's decision to file the lawsuit represents a head-on confrontation with an agency overseen by Scott. In response, the governor's office ...
Feb 22, 2017, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Losing bidders protest $262 million Maryland Lottery contract
Two losing contenders for a contract worth as much as $263 million for the computer network that runs the Maryland lottery are protesting a decision to award the business to a rival, charging that a state agency chose the highest bidder after a tainted process.
Lanham-based Gaming Innovations LLC and London-based IGT Global Solutions filed the protests with the Maryland State Lottery Gaming Control Agency after the agency awarded the eight-year contract to Scientific Games International of La ...
Sep 21, 2016, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery officials sign contract with Camelot for business plan
Arkansas officials signed a contract Monday with lottery consultant Camelot Global Services, which will develop a business plan for the state lottery and help implement the plan, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance and Administration said.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley and finance department Director Larry Walther signed the contract, said spokesman Jake Bleed. Camelot has offices in Philadelphia and London.
We are awaiting confirmation on their end that the contract has bee ...
Dec 1, 2015, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery cuts ties with private manager
The split between the Illinois Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, is now official after three years of acrimony over lower-than-expected revenues.
The termination agreement, signed Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, comes a little more than three months after he directed lottery officials to sever ties with the company after it fell short of promised revenues for the third consecutive year.
At the time, the company had posted record profits to the state, but those figures st ...
Dec 10, 2014, 9:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery bases advertising hire on diversity
More capable company doesn't get contract for nondiversity, despite having female CEO
The Massachusetts Lottery's lucrative advertising contract, the source of the political downfall of former state Treasurer Tim Cahill, is again under fire after a marketing firm led by a prominent Boston businesswoman lost the bid under the state's diversity program.
The Patrick administration is defending the award of the $5 million Lottery contract to Connelly Partners, which is not owned by a woman or ...
Jul 8, 2013, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Another lottery contract is under the D.C. Council's microscope
For more than two hours Thursday, a D.C. Council committee discussed the merits of the lottery contract.
No, not that lottery contract. Not the one for the city's electronic numbers games, which has been a pox on city politics for five years now, prompting numerous hearings, lawsuits, reports, investigations, newspaper articles, editorials, and much embarrassment.
This lottery contact is a smaller one, worth $9.7 million over four years to produce and distribute scratch-off tickets, awarde ...
Jun 30, 2013, 2:11 pm - Lottery News forum