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Commission Delays Vote On Outsourcing Hoosier Lottery

The Indiana Lottery Commission will decide next week whether to privatize management of the Hoosier Lottery.

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A commission is considering hiring a private company to manage the state's lottery and boost its revenue.

The State Lottery Commission’s decision whether to hire a private company to manage the lottery will wait another week.

The Lottery Commission began exploring the possibility of hiring a private company to manage the lottery in May. Last month, two firms, Scientific Games International and GTECH, submitted proposals.

Lottery Commission Executive Director Karl Browning gave commissioners a detailed presentation on the process up to now, but before they even heard the proposals, the commission pushed back the decision on which company, if any, they would choose.

“We do not have to do a bad deal,” Browning says, emphasizing that Indiana may not need to outsource the management of its lottery. “We have to do a good deal and a good deal can be defined as doing it ourselves.”

But Browning says it is difficult for Indiana to improve its lottery performance without using an outside company.

“The kinds of things that one has to do require a continuity of management,” Browning says. “In any state government agency – this one is not excluded – you can’t provide that. We’re guaranteed to turnover with an administration change.”

Browning says an independent firm estimates the lottery could improve its income by 40 percent to 60 percent.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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