The News Atlantic Lotto Didn't Tell You
HALIFAX, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - LottoFairness.ca today circulated copies of the
formal announcements of Atlantic Lotto's iBingo contract with Boss Media AB.
The announcements were not made in Canada and not made by Atlantic Lotto.
"Months ago, a foreign company issued press releases in a foreign country
announcing a major contract with Atlantic Lotto," said LottoFairness.ca
spokesman Michael Dunn. "Yet until this week Atlantic Lotto did not make an
announcement, here at home, to Atlantic Canadians."
On February 7, Boss Media AB issued a news release entitled, "Statligt
licensierat lotterifvretag i Nordamerika skriver avtal med Boss Media AB."
Translation: "State-licensed lottery company in North America signs with Boss
According to this release, the contract is for a five-year term with the
option of a five-year extension, and the contract consists of a fixed and a
variable licence fee.
On May 29, Boss Media AB issued a second news release, "Boss Media
levererar interaktivt Bingo (iBingo) m.m. till Atlantic Lottery Corporation,
ett statligt dgt lotterifvretag i Kanada." Translation: "Boss Media delivers
interactive Bingo (iBingo) to Atlantic Lottery Corporation, a state-owned
lottery company in Canada."
Not until this past Tuesday, October 2, hours after the LottoFairness.ca
campaign was launched, did Atlantic Lotto publicly announce that it had a
contract with Boss Media. The announcement came 237 days after the foreign
company said the contract was signed. It came 124 days after the foreign
company confirmed the identity of Atlantic Lotto as its contract partner.
During all that time, Atlantic Lotto did not:
- publicly announce that it was searching for an iBingo supplier
- announce that it had entered into a contract with a foreign iBingo
- announce the identity of the foreign supplier
Atlantic Lotto still has not disclosed most of the contract terms.
"It is bizarre that for months after a foreign company announced the news
in a foreign country, Atlantic Lotto was still failing to inform Atlantic
Canadians," said Michael Dunn. "We don't understand. Why the secrecy? Why did
Atlantic Lotto fail for seven months to tell Atlantic Canadians what we have a
right to know?"
LottoFairness.ca is a campaign to ensure that Atlantic Lotto never makes
secret, untendered deals again.
To view the Boss Media news releases that were announced in Sweden,
visit: <A HREF="http://www.lottofairness.ca/pdf/news-release_2007-10-04-bossmedia.pdf">http://www.lottofairness.ca/pdf/news-release_2007-10-04-bossmedia.pdf</A>
For further information:
For further information: Michael Dunn, (902) 229-5378