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State Renews Contract With Controversial Lotto Provider

The Greek company that runs Ohio's gambling operations has been granted a renewed contract with potentially lucrative unbid extensions, over the objections of competitors, a hired consultant and some state lawmakers. Intralot will receive 71 million dollars over two years to provide lottery terminals and electronic slot machines at racinos. The deal allows the Ohio Lottery Commission to waive competitive bidding for two-year contract renewal options through 2027. The last request for proposals to operate lottery games was issued 10 years ago. Lotto officials say the extensions are optional and the commission retains the ability to change vendors. Intralot has been paid 259 million dollars since 2009.

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