Ohio pulls back unbid $71 million lottery contract request

Ohio pulls back unbid $71 million lottery contract request

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's lottery commission has pulled back a request for an unbid $71 million contract for the Greek company that runs the state's gambling operations.

The commission wanted the state Controlling Board to approve a two-year contract with Intralot that also included waiving competitive bidding for two-year contract renewal options through 2027.

The last request for a lottery proposal was issued 10 years ago.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2qQrg9i ) state Sen. Jay Hottinger says it's uncertain how good the state's deal with Intralot is.

The paper reports that Intralot has been paid $259 million since 2009 to provide Ohio's lottery terminals and electronic slot machines at racinos.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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