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
CT Lottery aware of security problems before shutting down game
Months before Connecticut Lottery's 5 Card Cash game was suspended, lottery officials knew there was a security issue that eventually allowed the game to be rigged, according to a four-month investigation.
5 Card Cash, a combination instant-win/evening-draw game, was suspended on November 14, 2015 after it was discovered that retailers were using a flaw in the computer system to rig the game to buy only winning tickets. The problem was the printer, say state investigators. If retailers ordere ...
Jul 7, 2016, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Scientific Games says exec stole company secrets
A company that works with more than 40 state lotteries in the U.S. and several overseas says in court filings that a key executive orchestrated a massive theft of its most-prized secrets before he resigned to accept a position with a rival company.
Scientific Games International Inc. is asking a federal judge to prevent the information from being used outside the company in the multibillion-dollar lottery industry.
The company, with offices in Alpharetta, Georgia, filed the civil lawsuit W ...
Jun 24, 2016, 12:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery to replace aging lottery terminals
For 18 years, an unremarkable blue machine has been a fixture at corner convenience stores, its tired keys accepting millions of bets from players hoping a lucky string of numbers a kid's birthday, an old address will just this once bend the rules of probability and change everything.
But, with casino gambling coming to Massachusetts, the state lottery is looking to replace the 8,500 aging blue terminals and the massive computer system that processes nearly $5 billion in bets a year. Lottery ...
Feb 27, 2015, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to launch new game after AG gives OK
The Texas Lottery Commission is moving forward with next year's launch of an unusual new game after getting a favorable ruling on its legality from Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The game, Texas Triple Chance, combines elements of traditional lottery games and scratch-off games.
Players pay $2 for three sets of seven numbers chosen from the range of 1-55. Each day, a set of 10 is drawn by the game. If a player's set matches the drawn set, he or she wins $100,000 (if six numbers match, the p ...
Aug 12, 2014, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery wranglings could delay new D.C. scratch-off tickets for months
It could be many months before D.C. lottery players see their usual array of new tickets for sale, with a contract controversy that has depleted the D.C. Lottery's supply of scratch-off tickets and has cost the District government hundreds of thousands of dollars showing no sign of ending soon.
The latest delay comes after city financial officials moved to cancel the most recent solicitation for a new lottery vendor in December, saying the lone respondent's price was too high. The decision co ...
Jan 2, 2014, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery director to depart
The executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery is leaving for a private-sector position with a subcontractor of the company the state contracts for lottery services.
Todd Rucci, appointed executive director in September 2011, will stay until Nov. 22. Then he'll take a government and communication relations job with PAP Technologies, a Lancaster-based firm specializing in lottery ticket printing for games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
The company is a subcontractor of Scientific ...
Nov 9, 2013, 6:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Keno on track for arrival in Connecticut by next summer
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. on Thursday approved a seven-year contract that could bring keno gambling to the state by early next summer.
The agreement allows the lottery to spend $5.4 million, payable in two installments of $2.7 million, to the New York-based Scientific Games Inc., on the equipment, software and other investments needed to launch and maintain keno in Connecticut.
The contract approved by the board calls for the addition of up to 600 new retailers, such as bars and restau ...
Sep 27, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery game development: Little left to chance
Standing at the vending machine or counter display, it's hard to tell which instant lottery game is the hot ticket to buy.
But to the Pennsylvania Lottery officials, every game in the display is considered hot or it wouldn't be there.
Every one of the 50 to 54 instant lottery games introduced each year receives an abundance of forethought from how it looks, how it's played and how it will be received by players.
We can't afford a so-so game, said Drew Svitko, the lottery's deputy execu ...
Aug 27, 2013, 8:45 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