BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô In a unanimous vote by the Idaho Lottery Commissioners earlier this morning, the Idaho Lottery will formally issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) from responsible, responsive, and experienced lottery systems gaming vendors. The Idaho Lottery is officially soliciting bids for a fully integrated computer gaming system and related services that will replace and/or upgrade the current system.
The current contract for these services is held by INTRALOT USA, Inc., located in Alpharetta, Georgia.The current agreement was reached in late 2006 and with operations beginning in mid- February 2007. It will expire on September 30, 2017.
"At the end of a ten year contract cycle, we feel, as a responsible government agency in Idaho, it is our obligation to the citizens of the Gem State to provide them with the best services, technology, and operational platform for the best market value available," said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson.
Currently, the Idaho Lottery operates 1060 retail terminals, 318 full-service self-activated vending machines, 68 self-service machines for draw games only, and 534 electronic jackpot signs at retail locations across the Gem State. The current system in use has been responsible for the more than $1.5 billion in sales that has helped generate over $350 million in dividends for Idaho's beneficiaries, Idaho Public Schools and the State's Permanent Building Fund.
"We value and honor the service INTRALOT has provided to the state of Idaho, its citizens, and its players over the past decade," said Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman Mel Fisher. "We have a fiduciary duty to the people of Idaho to maximize our dividend each year while improving customer services, making today's decision a necessity."
This Request for Proposal is specifically for a fully-functioning, operational system capable of delivering, managing, and accounting for all current in-state and multi-state Draw Games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as inventory control and logistics for the full complement of Scratch Games.
The Idaho Lottery's Request for Proposal does not constitute an expansion of gaming in the State of Idaho.
Specific deadlines and criteria for the RFP will become available when the RFP is formally published. Once published, copies of the complete RFP may be obtained from the Idaho Lottery website at: http//www.idaholottery.com/RFP and click on the Idaho Lottery Gaming System RFP or to formally request, in writing, a hard copy from the Idaho State Lottery at P.O. Box 6537, Boise, ID 83707-6537. Any questions about the RFP, the technical requirements, or specifications of the RFP should be made in accordance with the rules, guidelines, and provisions of the RFP and done in coordination with the Idaho Lottery's RFP Coordinator, Chief Operating Officer, Becky Schroeder.
"We believe firmly in the transparency of government. This is the single largest contract we manage year-in and year-out," added Anderson. "As stewards of the Idaho Lottery, taking this size of a vendor contract out to bid at its conclusion is the responsible decision."
To date, the Idaho Lottery has paid the current vendor, INTRALOT USA, Inc., $35.6 million over the last nine years under the current contract.
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The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.95 billion in products, awarded over $1.77 billion in prizes to players, returned more than $172.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $694.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.