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:

Liability 

“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.

8 comments

  1. Now we know how far the corruption go, not just to the tip all the way to the top how can we as consumers be denied equal and fair protection as any other consumer under the consumer protection act. This new contract for the Gtech cooperation known as IGT is a direct constitutional violation that single out only certain consumers that play Texas lottery games.

    1. We are all being played by the Judicial Systems, the corrupt systems. It’s taking almost 4 years just to reached an “Opinion” rather Gtech can be sued and they CAN. Enough already, this is insanity, we can bankrupt them and not play these PROGRAMMED games clearly meant for us all to fail.

  2. Our case was filed befote any of this was ever thought so it should not affect funfive lawsuit. Right?????

  3. We all play the lottery hoping to win and they accept our money without hesitation that’s the way they should pay us without hesitation Its wrong to sell misleading tickets because they know that if the laws don’t change G-TECH and TLC can get away with it hope that one of their family members don’t win with a misleading tickets cause they would probably make a big deal and want to change the rules to the tickets. G-TECH AND TLC KARMA IS A B####.

  4. Would this new attempt to give them immunity affect our case? It seems Gary Grief, TLC and Gtech need to be exposed for the fraud they are. I know I will never buy another scratch off ticket after this…slimeballs.

  5. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Lottery-Commission-Law-Enforcement-Division

    Texas Lottery Commission Enforcement Division – Texas District & County …
    PDFhttps://www.tdcaa.com › default › files
    Sep 8, 2014 · Enforcement Division and as such am a licensed peace officer … I have worked for the Texas Lottery Commission since.

    MISSION

    The Enforcement Division is committed to ensuring the
    integrity and security of the
    Texas Lottery Commission and its games
    through the professional and thorough investigation of
    Texas Lottery applicants; bingo and lottery licensees;
    contract vendors and their employees; and allegations of
    administrative and criminal violations of the laws and
    rules governing bingo and lottery.

    So what happened to these guys?

  6. WHAT IGNORANCE IS BEING DISPLAY BY THE COMMISSION OR WHOEVER TO COME UP WITH THIS MOVE AT THIS TIME, THAT THEY ARE ALL UNDER FIRE. IS THIS SOME KIND OF A JOKE? OR HAVE THEY ALL CHOSEN TO THINK WE ARE ALL STUPID. HOW CAN OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES EVEN ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AT THIS TIME. GTECH IS UNDER SERIOUS TROUBLE AND OUR LOTTO GRANTS THEM FORGIVENESS. HOW BAD DOES ALL THIS LOOK? MY GODDDDD.. SOMEBODY IS TRYING TO WEASEL OUT OF SOME PROMISE ARE OWES A LOT OF CROOKED MONEY TO SOMEONE> HMMMMM??

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