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2/28/10

Lubbock Rep. to lead review of Texas Lottery allegations

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock man will lead the review of allegations against two companies that did business with the Texas Lottery.  Lubbock State Representative Delwin Jones was appointed Friday to a special State House subcommittee. 

A company called Gartner Inc. acted as the consultant for the Lottery as it developed a bid proposal for operations and services.  Another company called G-TECH won the bid.  It was later discovered that Gartner executed a $150,000 contract with G-TECH less than two months before the Texas Lottery's bid process was due.  It raised questions of whether or not Gartner might have influenced the bid process to G-TECH's advantage.  Gartner was, in essence, fired by the lottery for breach of contract. 

So far, sworn testimony has not revealed improper influence.  Jones says "All state agencies ... need to avoid not only actual conflicts of interest but also perceived conflicts of interest."  Jones and his subcommittee will review sworn testimony and make recommendations to the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.  The sub-committee meets March 9th.

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