Hoosier Lottery

Operator of lottery stands by lofty goalsRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gtech Indiana says it can generate unprecedented growth by focusing on the basics. Rather than trying to add new types of games or turning to Internet gambling, the company plans a slightly different mix of games and a whole lot more opportunities for Hoosiers to buy them.
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Lottery commission OKs new multistate Monopoly game

May 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Under its aggressive sales strategy for the next fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery's operator will add games including Monopoly Millionaires' Club and Bingo To Go.
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State lottery operator falling short of goal

May 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gtech Indiana will have to sell a lot of scratch-off games and other tickets in May and June if wants to avoid making a shortfall payment to the state.
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Pence appointments bring lottery commission to full strengthRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Luke Bosso, a Republican, and Debra Kunce, a Democrat, will join the five-member board.
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Lottery sales lag forecast under new manager

September 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery is running about 17 percent behind projections for surplus revenue in July and August under manager Gtech Indiana, a subsidiary of a firm that also has missed its forecasts for the Illinois lottery.
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Pence appoints new Hoosier Lottery director

September 7, 2013
Associated Press
An official in Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has been named the new executive director of the Hoosier Lottery.
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Indiana stylists settle $9.5M lottery jackpot lawsuit

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
A confidential settlement has ended a lawsuit brought by seven hairstylists against a former co-worker over a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
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Powerball sales drive Hoosier Lottery revenue to record high

June 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state lottery expects to pull in $945 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. Meanwhile, lottery operator GTECH Indiana plans to start televising Powerball and Mega Millions drawings this summer.
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Legislature taking tight-fisted stance with casinos

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
The casino bill approved by the House last week would grant less than a fifth of the tax breaks first proposed in the Senate. It also doesn't permit live table games at the racinos in Anderson and Shelbyville.
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Hoosier Lottery expanding ticket-selling hours

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
The private operator of the Hoosier Lottery is expanding the hours that convenience stores and other outlets can sell lottery tickets, a change that allows those sales to continue late into the night.
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Indiana lottery vendor docked in Illinois for low profits

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
The private operator of the Hoosier Lottery faces a $20 million penalty in Illinois because it fell nearly $66 million short of the profits it promised that state.
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Judge freezes hairdresser's state lottery jackpot

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Seven of the winner's co-workers at an Indianapolis salon say the $9.5 million ticket for the Feb. 16 drawing was part of an office lottery pool.
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Hairstylists testify they agreed to share lottery jackpots

February 27, 2013
Associated Press
Seven hairstylists who are fighting for a share of a $9.5 million lottery prize bought by a co-worker testified Wednesday that they had all agreed to share any winnings from tickets purchased at the same time as those for an office pool.
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Hoosier Lottery hires ad agency for creative work

December 19, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Hoosier Lottery announced Wednesday it has hired Mortenson Safar Kim (formerly MeyerWallis) as its new creative advertising agency of record. Lottery officials have promised to increase marketing.
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Lottery manager ramping up advertising budget

October 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery’s new manager plans to launch a branding campaign in the spring as part of a business plan that calls for a significantly larger advertising budget. That could be good news for Indiana ad agencies.
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Lottery Commission inks contract, losing bidder files protest

October 12, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hoosier Lottery officials on Friday signed a 15-year contract with private manager GTECH Indiana, which promised to return $1.76 billion to state coffers over the next five years.
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Indiana panel approves lottery outsourcing deal

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's lottery commission voted Wednesday to hire a private company to take over its marketing and other services in the hopes that it will boost the lottery's profit by about $100 million a year.
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Panel delays vote on outsourcing Indiana lottery

September 26, 2012
Associated Press
A decision on hiring a vendor or leaving lottery operations as they are had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the vote was moved to Oct. 3 instead, to give officials more time to digest two proposals.
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Director: Bidders must meet Indiana lottery standards

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana won't turn its lottery over to a private company if bidders don't meet the state's high standards, the executive director of the Hoosier Lottery said Friday.
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Foreign companies drop bids to run Indiana lottery

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
Two foreign companies have dropped out of the bidding to become the first private manager of Indiana's lottery, with one charging the state's process encourages bidders to set expected revenue levels too high.
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Illinois lottery superintendent says Indiana taking flawed path

August 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Illinois Lottery is not a model Indiana should follow in seeking a private manager to boost revenue, according to Illinois’ own lottery chief. Hoosier Lottery officials say they’ve taken steps to avoid the problems Illinois had with its privatization contract, but several key elements of the process mirror Illinois'.
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Lottery could expand to grow state's take

July 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $791 million Hoosier Lottery threw open bidding July 11 for a 10-year contract on marketing, sales and distribution services. The lottery wants to be among the fastest-growing in the country, and it’s looking to the gambling industry to help it reach that goal.
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Hoosier Lottery asks vendors to bid on work

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
The primary goal of the contract is to boost the lottery's net income, which dropped from $218 million in fiscal year 2006 to $188 million during fiscal year 2011 — a 14 percent decline.
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Indiana lottery seeking ideas from private firms

May 16, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Lottery Commission endorsed a plan Wednesday to seek out private companies to take over some operations of the Hoosier Lottery, a state agency whose income has shrunk in recent years.
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Hoosier Lottery watching Illinois' online-sales effort

March 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Hoosier Lottery hasn't started formally looking at online sales. But spokesman Al Larsen said the lottery will consider it depending on how the program in Illinois works out.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

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  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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