Company Protests Lottery Recommendation in IT Contract

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A company is protesting the procurement process on a $262 million, eight-year contract for monitoring Maryland lottery wagers.

IGT Global Solutions Corp. says Maryland lottery officials inflated the price to include internet gambling components that are currently not allowed in the state, to avoid having to return to a state board for more money if such games are permitted later.

The lottery is recommending Scientific Games International Inc. for the work. But IGT contends that this higher price “materially flawed” the agency’s evaluation of three bids for the contract.

Lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry says the agency can’t comment until a contract is officially awarded. The deal still needs the approval of the Maryland Board of Public Works.

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