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Lottery draws cancelled for the first time in 109 years of history, Romanian Lottery’s contracts under scrutiny

The Romanian Lottery has cancelled the draws scheduled on Sunday, January 4, and Thursday, January 8, because it no longer has a contract with Greece’s Intralot, the company that handles the IT programs used for the draws. This is the first time in the Romanian Lottery’s 109-year-old history when a draw is cancelled.

“This company’s management is surpassed by the current situation. Nothing like this has ever happened since 1906, since the Lottery was set up,” Liliana Minca, former director of the Romanian Lottery, stated.

At the end of December the Public Finance Ministry announced that the Lottery no longer extends its contract with Intralot and the Lottery’s leadership subsequently announced that the lottery draws will resume on January 11, 2015.

The IT system managed by Intralot is essential for the activity of the Romanian Lottery, since the latter lacks the specialists able to handle the draws.

“This year’s first lottery draw will take place, as announced since December 30, on January 11,” a communiqué issued by the Romanian Lottery shows.


Prosecutor orders expert appraisal


The Romanian Lottery is in the midst of an investigation handled by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), the investigators suspecting that the contracts it signed with the Greek group were damaging for the state. The prosecutor handling the case has ordered an expert appraisal that would establish whether the signing of the said contracts caused any damages to the state.

Apart from the DNA investigation, former Finance Minister Ioana Petrescu stated that she sent the Auditing Body to the Romanian Lottery, pointing out that she will ask for the former members of the general shareholders’ assembly to be sued. Ioana Petrescu stated back then that the state is interested in maintaining the contract with Intralot, but that its renegotiation is desired.

The Romanian Lottery has previously been targeted by other investigations too. In March 2012 the Competition Council verified the contracts signed by the Romanian Lottery with Greek companies Intracom, Intralot and Lotrom, the suspicion being that the state budget had been defrauded. The Romanian Lottery and the three companies had to pay a fine of over RON 16 M as a result.


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