That’s what happened in Illinois earlier in the week, as the state Gaming Board realized they had actually chosen the wrong contractor for the central computer system that would monitor video gambling machines launched throughout The Prairie State. The board has bid out the system to Scientific Games International (SGI) in May to the tune of $90 million, much to the chagrin of Greek tech provider Intralot, who allegedly bid lower than SGI for the contract.
It appears that portions of Intralot’s bid were added together multiple times during the processing, pricing them out of the contract and awarding it to SGI.
Over the weekend, the board acknowledged that they fucked up, presumably fired their accountant, and announced a new, more open bidding process that will allow outside competitors to vie for the contract as well.
The new process is expected to push back the release of video gambling machines by four months, cutting substantially into the expected annual take of $300 million for the new machines, according to the Daily Herald.