Intralot calls for justice
Greek-owned gaming and lottery operator Intralot has sued the state government in Australia after claiming that rival company Tatts Group was offered favourable treatment during talks over licenses for two public lottery categories, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.
In a writ that was filed at the Supreme Court in Australia, Intralot said it was seeking damages for a lost opportunity to earn profits, as well as interest and costs.
Both of the licenses under the spotlight include a clause that blocks the licensee from entering into “exclusive arrangements” for the distribution of lottery products. This includes the prohibition of advertising material at retail outlets.
However, Tatts Group's Category 1 Public Lottery Licence allowed it to include a clause that prohibited agents from selling rival lottery products from the “Tattersall's dedicated area”.
In January 2010, Intralot lodged a complaint with the Independent Review Panel, alleging that it was treated unfairly during the tender process.