The TLC renewed IGT’s exclusive contract to run the Texas Lottery in 2016. It was not up for renewal at the time. I believe the contract was not set to end until 2018. (Things that make you go hmmmm). Does anyone know if the TLC gave other companies a chance to bid to run the lottery?
Is the Executive Director of the TLC (Gary Grief) doing everything he can to Protect IGT? If so, why? For example, I have never seen this type of Disclosure before for a Texas lottery scratch-off game:
“By participating in, or receiving any prize under, this Promotion and in consideration for my participation or any prize, if any, awarded to me, I, on behalf of myself and my heirs, successors and representatives, hereby forever release, waive and discharge the State of Texas, the Texas Lottery Commission and all of its agents, officers, representatives, employees and commissioners, anyone connected with the promotion, and agents, officers, representatives and employees of the Circuit of the Americas™ and IGT, from any and all Claims. I assume all known and unknown risks in connection therewith. I, on behalf of myself and my heirs, successors and representatives, agree to never prosecute or in any way aid in prosecuting any Claim against the State of Texas, the Texas Lottery Commission, Circuit of the Americas™ or IGT or any of their agents, officers, representatives, employees and commissioners. Participation includes, but is not limited to, acceptance and redemption of the travel package and participation in any and all services provided through this prize package. A Claim is any and all liability or claims, demands, suit, causes of action, injuries (including disability or death), losses, costs, attorney’s fees and expenses whatsoever arising from or related directly or indirectly from my participation in, or receipt of any prize under, the Promotion, including, but not limited to, those that may result from any breach of express or implied warranty, negligence or any acts or omissions.”
So whose idea was it to attempt to give immunity to IGT? The Texas Legislature did not choose to give IGT immunity. Just the opposite, the original contract with GTECH (IGT) required GTECH to carry liability insurance to protect Texas lottery players. So if the Legislature did not choose to give IGT immunity, what authority did Gary Grief and the TLC have to change the rules to try to give them that immunity?
Contact your Governor, your Lieutenant Governor, your state Representative, and your state Senator. Ask them whether they authorized the TLC to grant immunity to IGT. IGT receives a percentage of the gross sales for lottery tickets. There is a financial incentive for IGT to maximize ticket sales. What sort of message does the TLC send to IGT if it grants immunity to IGT? Can IGT use this new Disclosure language to escape liability if it purposefully or negligently misrepresents its lottery tickets to the millions of Texans who play the lottery? That doesn’t seem fair does it? Does it seem that the TLC is more interested in protecting IGT than it is in protecting Texas lottery players? Speak out! Let our elected representatives know that we want a fair and honest lottery.