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More questions and protests could affect Illinois Lottery private management contract signing

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We previously said it ain't over until it's over. And from what we can tell, the controversy surrounding the private management contract bid process for the Illinois Lottery hasn't quieted down yet.

Bidder Intralot, which was dumped from contention soon after its bid was submitted in late July, is expected to submit a formal protest regarding the bid process as early as Wednesday. Sources say Camelot also will likely lodge a formal protest very soon. But when asked about the matter earlier today, a Camelot spokesman declined comment, saying he would get back to us. So far, he hasn't.

It's unclear at this juncture whether any formal protest would be able to derail the signing of contracts with winning bidder Northstar Lottery Group in about five weeks

Meanwhile, sources continue to tell us it remains a distinct possibility that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan could take a look at how the private management bid process played out to determine if everything was handled in an appropriate fashion.

Illinois Lottery officials also continue to post more information about the bid process at, but sources say not all the information they were looking for has turned up at the website yet.

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