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Company Claims Lotto Commission Mishandled Privatization

The Indiana Lottery Commission is accused of not properly reviewing bids of companies that wanted to take over the lotto.

The Indiana Lottery Commission is facing a legal protest from a company called Scientific Games over the state’s handling of the bid process during the commission’s recent choosing of a new vendor for the Hoosier Lottery.

Scientific Games claims in their protest that the commission did not properly evaluate both its bid and the eventual winning bid from a company called GTECH.

The statement says, “Scientific Games is the incumbent and, thus, an award to Scientific Games would pose substantially reduced transition costs and risks.”

The claim asserts the Commission’s decision is based solely on the 1.7-percent increase in net income for the lottery that was a part of GTECH’s bid.

Hoosier lottery spokesman Al Larsen says the Commission has no comment on the issue at this time, but is aware of the protest and has filed a response.

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