The Indiana State Lottery Commission is asking companies to bid on taking over some of its operations.
The commission Tuesday issued a solicitation for companies to bid by Aug. 31 on taking over the sales, distribution and marketing of the lottery. It expects to sign a 10-year contract by Nov. 1.
Lottery spokesman Al Larsen says the Lottery Commission will retain certain duties, including overall oversight of the lottery, rulemaking and conducting drawings. Vendors are being asked to find ways to make the lottery more profitable by possibly changing its retail network, improving marketing, and other ways. He says the commission has no plans to for substantial changes in its current operations.
Democratic leaders have been critical of many of the privatization activities of the Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration.
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