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Even more twists and turns in the protracted Illinois Lottery private management bid process

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On another front Energy BBDO and it partners Gtech and Scientific Games (that together comprise the Northstar Lottery Group) find themselves with no signed contract to manage the Illinois Lottery a full three months after Gov. Pat Quinn declared Northstar the winning bidder for that contract. And there are signs Northstar could be waiting longer to find out if they ever will have a signed contract to manage the Lottery.

Sources tell us that Lottery acting superintendent Jodie Winnett is not going to carry on as head of the Lottery as Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to be sworn in for his first full term in office. In her capacity as acting superintendent, Winnett had overseen the bid process that has been called into question by some of those who participated in the bidding, including losing contenders Intralot and Camelot Group. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue said Tuesday that she had no knowledge of what Winnett's status at the Lottery would be going forward.

But if Quinn appoints a new Lottery superintendent, as sources have indicated he will do, it could lead to more developments that might significantly affect the whole protracted private management bid process. It might even lead to a decision to start the bid process all over again.

All we can say with absolutely certainty at this point is that the private management bid process ain't over.

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