Nancy K Kopp

State awards lucrative lottery contract to highest bidder over protest

State awards lucrative lottery contract to highest bidder over protest

State officials awarded a lucrative contract Wednesday to operate the Maryland Lottery to the highest bidder, over the objections of the company that offered the state the lowest price.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to award the contract to Scientific Games International Inc., which currently runs the lottery. Gov. Larry Hogan was joined by Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp in approving the recommendation of the State Lottery & Gaming Agency. Comptroller Peter Franchot dissented.

Scientific Games, of Alpharetta, Ga., made an offer valued at $263 million over 10 years. That was $50 million more than Gaming Innovations LLC of Lanham, which bid $212 million. A representative of...

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