Illinois Lottery names Camelot Illinois as new manager
Camelot Illinois will keep the balls rolling for the Illinois Lottery, according to a recent press release naming the company as the game's new private manager.
“Camelot has shown more than a decade of success in managing lotteries throughout the world,” Greg Smith, acting lottery director, said in a statement. “The Lottery and Camelot Illinois have common goals to responsibly grow the Lottery’s player base, align incentives, eliminate conflicts of interest, introduce new technology and innovation, and ensure responsiveness to public needs and concerns.”
Illinois’ Legislature adopted rules in 2009 that mandated a private management model for the lottery. The current manager is Northstar Lottery Group, which will continue to provide services until Camelot Illinois' contract is approved and begins service.
Camelot Illinois signed a 10-year contract and will receive financial incentives. The contract also allows for the installation of new permanent point-of-sale at retailers and new games, as well as a state-of-the-art iLottery platform.
As part of the deal, Camelot Illinois will commit to responsible gaming and social responsibility, the release said. Camelot Illinois will seek a World Lottery Association Level 4 standard.
The Illinois Lottery posted a notice of award for the contract to the Illinois Procurement Bulletin after it was certified by the State of Illinois Chief Procurement Office of General Services, which evaluated whether procurement rules were correctly followed. The award is now subject to a 14-day protest period; the procurement file will become available for public inspection on Friday. Helen Kim, the lottery's procurement officer, is handling the agreement. If there are no objections by the end of the protest period, the contract can be executed.