State Politics

Other lottery developments

* Lottery commissioners expressed a desire to prohibit lottery ticket sales at any location where video poker is played.

The commission took up the issue at the request of Senate leader Marc Basnight, a Manteo Democrat. The commission requested more research but expects to vote on the ban as soon as next week.

* Commissioners indicated support for adopting a code of ethics that would apply to entities that contract with the lottery. The code was also pushed by Basnight.

Commissioners will draw up the code for approval and intend to make it part of bidding documents.

* Intralot, a Greece-based lottery company with U.S. headquarters in Duluth, Ga., said it plans to bid on contracts to operate the North Carolina lottery. The company, which has lottery contracts in 33 countries, recently won bids in two U.S. states. It has bid in the U.S. seven times, said John C. Pittman, the company's vice president for marketing.

Intralot is one company thought to have been targeted in language written into the lottery law by Scientific Games vice president Alan Middleton. In a memo, Middleton said the language requiring thorough checks of company histories and issues would protect the state from "some vendors that are trying to break in the market that have questionable backgrounds."

Pittman said his company has not been the subject of any investigations or controversy that he knows of.

* In a news release, the state Democratic Party said it favors tightening state ethics regulations and speeding up the effective date of a new lobbying disclosure law.