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Battle over Florida Lottery contract goes to court

Mar 6, 2017, 4:09 pm

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A Florida judge must decide if the administration of Gov. Rick Scott broke the law when the state lottery approved a contract worth over $700 million.

Attorneys for the Florida Lottery and House Speaker Richard Corcoran squared off in court on Monday for several hours. Judge Karen Gievers did not immediately rule.

Corcoran sued the state's lottery secretary last month, arguing the contract with IGT Global Solutions to run lottery games is illegal because it exceeds the Florida Lottery's authorized budget.

(See Florida Lottery sued by House over contract, Lottery Post, Feb. 22, 2017.)

Attorneys representing the lottery say the agency followed the law because the contract states that it is contingent on state funding.

Since becoming speaker in November, Corcoran has sparred with Scott over the state's tourism marketing and economic development agencies.

Critics of the lawsuit say Corcoran is engaging in politics, trying to smear the Scott administration.

"The Florida Lottery's record sales have led to historic contributions to our state's education system and the House sues? Not shocking to have another lawsuit from a trial lawyer," Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email.

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