Arkansas Lottery: Who's got the winning ticket | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arkansas Lottery: Who's got the winning ticket

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:01 AM

click to enlarge FIXING THE GAME: Sen. Jimmy Hickey recommended a no-bid legislative contract for a lottery consultant after it failed to file a bid by the deadline for an audit review being conducted by the Lottery Commission.
  • FIXING THE GAME: Sen. Jimmy Hickey recommended a no-bid legislative contract for a lottery consultant after it failed to file a bid by the deadline for an audit review being conducted by the Lottery Commission.
Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today more intrigue related to the Arkansas Lottery. Another case of ill appearances in state operation of a gambling enterprise.

Some facts:

* The lottery is struggling with declining revenue.

* Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana has been a critic of the existing lottery operation and led the fight to prevent it from expanding into keno-style games.

* Hickey has proposed to the Legislative Council a $149,500 (plus expenses) no-bid consulting contract for Camelot Global Services — a Philadelphia outfit represented by Republican lobbyists Bill Vickery and Mitchell Lowe — to review the lottery.

* It turns out Hickey proposed this contract with Camelot a couple of weeks after the Lottery Commission had refused to extend an Aug 18 deadline so that Camelot could bid on a performance audit the Lottery Commission is commissioning. Two firms bid — $30,000 and $170,000 — for that work.

* Hickey swears he knew nothing about Camelot's earlier failure to get an extension to bid when he proposed the  legislative deal with Camelot.

* Camelot operates the United Kingdom lottery.

* A $149,500 consulting contract is chump change, particularly after you pay the lobbyists who landed the deal.

* A contract to run a state lottery could be worth some real money.

* In some sectors, a reviewer hand-picked by a foe of an agency being reviewed might be seen as loaded dice. But this is the Arkansas legislature. No need to suspect anything but the purest of motives.

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • One dead, two wounded in early morning shooting

    KARK's Susanne Brunner reports that one person has been killed and two wounded in a shooting shortly after 1 a.m. this morning near Roosevelt Road and Cross Street.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Reality bites at Little Rock City Hall; spending must be cut

    A followup to Rebekah Hall's earlier report on Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s announcement that cuts will be necessary in the city budget in part to pay for "priorities," such as his desire to expand the police force, but also to deal with the reality often mentioned here of stagnant to decling city sales tax revenue. Some quick ideas on that:
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • Speaking of hard times in newspapers: Democrat-Gazette's move to digital

    Word continues to filter in of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's pullback from statewide circulation of a print daily edition of the newspaper — the latest from the Hot Springs area, just 50 or so miles down the road from Little Rock. Subscribers there were told home delivery of a print paper would end in May.
    • Apr 16, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Good Friday Open Line

    • Aw, thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes. It was nice, uneventful day, leading into what…

    • on April 20, 2019
  • Re: Good Friday Open Line

    • I join in the birthday wishes, Vanessa.

    • on April 20, 2019
  • Re: Power struggle at AETN

    • Just another example of A$A!! fucking up everything he touches. Such a knack for picking…

    • on April 20, 2019
 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation