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AT&T Sued Over Lottery Delay in South Carolina

2 January 2002

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``While the first sales of the South Carolina Education Lottery's scratch-off tickets are just days away, the startup of the game where players pick numbers remains uncertain.

``The scratch-off games are set to go on sale at 6 a.m. on Monday, but officials fear the communications network needed to link ticket retailers to the central lottery computer won't be in place before the `Pick 3' game is set to start on March 6.

``Alpharetta, Ga.-based Scientific Games sued its partner, AT&T, after the telecommunications giant said it may not meet the deadline to create the lottery network.

``The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a court order requiring AT&T to complete the work on time.

``AT&T spokesman David Arneke said last week that the company is committed to meeting its obligations to the state, but the contract `does not contain a specific date for implementation.'

``...Scientific Games systems division President Bill Huntley said he would not talk about the lawsuit or its contract with the South Carolina lottery.

``...Despite the lawsuit, work continues on setting up the lottery. So far, 80 million tickets have been printed and 17 million have been sold to retailers, Smith said. The tickets will be delivered to retailers late this week.

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