CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1985
The California Lottery Commission is taking its time in setting up the lottery that voters approved last November. Some people complain that Gov. George Deukmejian dragged his feet on a measure that he opposed, and others explain that the commission is exercising proper prudence in creating what will be one of the largest legal gambling operations in the country. Either way, the March 21 deadline set by the initiative will not be met, though there seems little harm in that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993 |
Arguing that voters never intended the California Lottery Commission to play by different rules, a state lawmaker vowed Tuesday to remove a legal loophole that effectively allows the panel to meet in secret. Assemblyman Curtis Tucker Jr. (D-Inglewood) said he learned of the loophole last week when the commission met to discuss the cancellation of a $150-million computer contract without notice to the public or the news media.
April 28, 1985
A cheer for Oregon Gov. Victor G. Atiyeh. He had the good sense not to participate in the foolishness that occurred in Portland on Thursday, when Oregon started its state lottery. As did Gov. George Deukmejian here, Atiyeh had opposed the ballot initiative last November. As in California, the Oregon lottery was heavily bankrolled by national lottery suppliers, and it passed.
March 12, 1985 |
The California Lottery Commission listened Monday to sales pitches by entrepreneurs promoting everything from a megabuck multiservices contract to run the entire lottery system to a modest proposal to share in the printing of instant tickets. No action was taken on the presentations, which were made at the request of the commission in an effort to determine the type of game to be set up as California's first lottery.
October 14, 1993 |
Saying they were tired of being criticized for awarding non-competitive contracts, a California Lottery Commission majority agreed Wednesday to seek rival bids for a $23-million project to install an automated system for cashing Scratcher tickets. Commission members acknowledged that they were taking the action reluctantly and only because they feared that recent criticism of their contracting process had damaged the public image of the state-run gambling enterprise.
April 23, 1993 |
Despite a legislative request to delay action, the California Lottery Commission has formally awarded a lucrative contract to the Rhode Island company that already runs the lottery's computerized games. The commission voted unanimously Wednesday to award the $400-million contract to run the games to the GTECH Corp., the only company that responded to the lottery's request for bids. Commission Chairman John Price rejected a plea from Curtis Tucker Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1996
Your Feb. 15 editorial did not accurately portray the facts of the California Lottery's contributions to public education in California. The lottery has just completed its third straight year of continued sales growth. As in any sales-driven business, when sales go up, operating (administrative) costs rise proportionately. Approximately 75% of the total 1994-95 administrative cost of $336 million cited in your article was used to pay for external expenses such as ticket printing, gaming system fees, advertising and retailing compensation.
July 25, 1985 |
Beginning in September, millions of tickets for California's first state lottery will be stored in a warehouse in Whittier. State officials have agreed to lease the 54,000-square-foot warehouse and adjoining offices at 10050 Mission Mill Road from Oltmans Construction Co., which owns the vacant building. The facility will serve as the Southern California headquarters for the $1-billion-a-year lottery, which is to start in October.
August 27, 1989
Just as everyone expected, and feared, the California Lottery keeps escalating the hysteria level to get more and more people to play. The curious thing about the latest move of the California Lottery Commission, however, is that in order to get more people to spend more money on the lottery, the commission is making it harder to win. From the outset, players in the Lotto game had to pick the correct six numbers from a field of 49 to win the big Saturday prize.