Scientific Games likely N.C. winner

Jan 3, 2006 4:25 AM

With its chief opponent apparently out of the picture, Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) seems likely to win at least one of the two lottery contracts to be awarded by the state of North Carolina.

SGMS has submitted a letter of intent to bid for both the scratch-off ticket contract and online, or automated numbers games contract that are being offered.

GTECH Holdings Corporation, Scientific Games chief rival in competing for lottery contracts, said last week it would bid on only one of the two contracts, that for the online business. It said it could not bid on the scratch-off ticket contract because it was unable to team up with a ticket printer to meet the demands of the request for bids specifications.

The RFB, written by lottery officials, require that whoever wins the scratch-off ticket contract must handle printing, warehousing, distribution and marketing of tickets for the lottery. SGMS appeared to be the only company that can meet all the specifications indicated in the bid.

Deadline for filing bids is Jan. 13. The contracts are for seven years.