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Hoosier Lottery’s aim: Avoid Illinois’ privatization troubles

The Hoosier Lottery’s executive director pledged Wednesday that if Indiana privatizes management of its lottery, the deal would avoid some of the controversy surrounding a similar arrangement in Illinois.

Karl Browning, the lottery’s executive director, said Indiana would use a simplified system of bonuses and penalties to encourage a private manager to boost the state’s lottery profits, which fund public construction projects and pension funds for teachers, police and firefighters.

“There is a lot of noise around our neighboring state,” Browning said during a lottery commission meeting Wednesday morning.

He was referring to legal wrangling in Illinois, where the state is embroiled in arbitration over its private lottery manager’s failure to produce the profits it promised to the state.
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