Indiana lottery seeking ideas from private firms

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The Hoosier Lottery is looking for private companies that might be interested in taking over some of the lottery's operations.

The Hoosier Lottery Commission unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday asking private firms to submit proposals for improving "a broad scope of services" handled by the state agency. The request issued Wednesday remains open until June 1.

Hoosier Lottery spokesman Al Larsens says the goal isn't to privatize the lottery, but primarily to boost its income.

The commission's resolution states the lottery "should function as much as possible as an entrepreneurial enterprise."

By mid-June, the lottery hopes to identify an initial list of firms interested in bidding on handling some lottery operations. By September, the lottery will begin accepting business plans and formal, binding offers from firms.

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