Amazon held talks on bid to takeover the UK National Lottery
Amazon held talks about bidding to run the United Kingdom National Lottery, The Mail on Sunday revealed.
The discussions fizzled out, but the US tech giant's interest raises the prospect of it entering Britain's gambling market at some stage.
Amazon, owned by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has more than 300 million active customer accounts.
It may have seen the Lottery as a chance to take the competition online and widen its reach.
City sources told The Mail that only prelimin ...
Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. spends $1.3M to date on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract
The hunt for a company to service the Pennsylvania Lottery's games and gaming system for the next decade has proven to be a contentious and costly venture.
Two companies are vying for 10-year lottery servicing contracts that would pay close to $1 billion or more over the life of the deal (the contracts could be extended for two to four years). It's one of the commonwealth's most lucrative long-term contracts.
The firms have engaged in a heated battle over the past year and a half as this i ...
Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Questions surround D.C. lottery and gambling contract, but high-level D.C. staffer says it's fine
Several D.C. Council members are asking whether the $215 million lottery and sports gambling contract the council approved this summer fulfills local business subcontracting requirements. This week, they got an answer from a high-level District staffer: Everything's fine.
Yes, the contract is compliant with D.C. law requiring companies with large public contracts to subcontract some of the work to local businesses, Kristi Whitfield, director of the department responsible for monitoring compl ...
Sep 18, 2019, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
The little firm that got a big chunk of D.C.'s lottery and sports gambling contract has no employees
The Greek company Intralot, which last month received a $215 million contract to bring sports gambling to the nation's capital and to continue running its lottery, says more than half the work will go to a small D.C. firm a condition that helped the gaming giant win the no-bid contract.
The firm, Veterans Services Corp., will perform the ENTIRE subcontract with its own organization and resources, according to a document signed this summer by a top Intralot executive.
District law requires ...
Sep 2, 2019, 6:36 am - Lottery News forum
Will R.I. Lottery win or lose in $1 billion IGT contract battle?
Is it a wise move that would keep more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in Rhode Island or just the latest example of a you gotta know a guy back-room deal?
Is the lottery giant IGT as Rhode Island as Del's lemonade or as British as Big Ben?
In short, is the proposed no-bid, $1-billion, 20-year extension of IGT's current 20-year gambling technology contract a solid win for the Rhode Island economy or an ill-advised sweetheart deal ?
As state lawmakers prepare to review the proposal this fall ...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15
Florida Lottery officials say they don't anticipate problems as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a vending system goes into place this month.
But rather than press their luck, players are urged to buy earlier than normal as the new system is expected to require the main office to go offline for several hours April 15.
The vast majority of the upgrade will occur overnight on the 15th, causing minimal inconvenience, lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola said. Still, we are encouraging our frequ ...
Apr 1, 2019, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery installs new gaming system
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Kansas Lottery's new, advanced central gaming system is now live at more than 1,700 Kansas Lottery retailers across the state. This follows a successful conversion by the Lottery's new technology partner Scientific Games as part of an overall plan to responsibly increase returns to the State of Kansas. The Lottery's data transfer and official switch-over from the old systems technology took place July 29.
Careful planning started more than two ...
Aug 1, 2018, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Companies battle for Pa. lottery contract
For one firm, it will be something like winning the Powerball: A state government contract worth more than $800 milion that comes along just once a decade in Pennsylvania.
The current contract to provide the gaming system and instant ticket game services that power the Pennsylvania Lottery expires in June 2019. The chance to become the lottery's partner for the next 10 years has the paucity of vendors who do this type of work pulling out all the stops. Two of the major players have hired lobb ...
Jul 30, 2018, 7:31 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery giant IGT is sole bidder to run sports betting in R.I.
IGT, the company that runs Rhode Island's electronic lottery systems, is the sole bidder for a contract to run the state's proposed foray into sports betting.
The Lottery issued a request for proposals on the sports betting contract last month and although 18 firms participated in a pre-bid conference on the contract, the Providence-based company formerly known as GTECH was the only one to submit a bid by last Friday's deadline, the R.I. Lottery announced Monday.
We would have preferred m ...
May 22, 2018, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets will not be sold in South Carolina for more than 12 hours this weekend
You're out of luck if you planned on buying Powerball or Pick 3 tickets in South Carolina on Mother's Day morning.
Stores will stop selling tickets for computerized lottery games including Mega Millions and Palmetto Cash 5 at 11:45 p.m. Saturday as the state switches to a new contractor's computer system.
Exactly when stores will start selling again is unclear, but it will be sometime Sunday afternoon, more than 12 hours after going dark, state lottery Director Hogan Brown said. The lotte ...
May 10, 2018, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum