Mexico’s Organisation of Internal Control (OIC) has launched an investigation into the bid submitted by GTECH for the country’s Pronósticos para la Asistencia Pública (Pronósticos) lottery following complaints by two rival bidders, Sorteo Games and Win Systems.
The tender was divided into two segments, one concerning economic proposals that was won by Sorteo and one dealing with technical proposals, which was won by GTECH. The second part of the tender is the part currently under investigation according to Sorteo, following a complaint by Win Systems.
Win has accused representatives of GTECH’s subsidiaries GTECH Systems and GTECH Mexico of submitting additional commercial and technical offer documents to Pronósticos’ RFP committee after each bidders’ sealed economic offers had already been opened and assessed.
Both Win and Sorteo disputed the committee’s decision to accept the additional documents, describing the act as “highly irregular.”
“We are deeply disappointed that such irregularities are being allowed to interfere with this process – to the detriment of Mexican society,“ Sorteo chief executive Nour-Dean Anakar commented. “We hope that justice will prevail and that the best economic offer and truly superior solution will be adopted to facilitate the expansion of the lottery in Mexico.”
Sorteo has also lodged a complaint against the results of the technical offer valuations, alleging the committee “improperly” failed to acknowledge the value of the technology made available by the supplier through a pre-existing agreement with Intralot.
“Such an agreement is clearly validated under Article 3 of Section 6 of the Federal Public Law in Mexico, which regulates all acquisitions and all contracts to provide public works and services, the same federal law that regulates the current Pronósticos RFP,” it explained.
Through its partnership with Intralot, Sorteo would have been able to provide the Greek supplier’s latest point-of-sale terminals for the Pronósticos’ lottery and sports betting offering. It planned to fully modernise the existing network of 10,000 outlets and provide new technology systems and data centres.
Its proposal also included the expansion of the network, which would have doubled in size over a two-year period, and the launch of new lottery games across the online and retail network.
Sorteo chief executive Nour-Dean Anakar said that by adopting his company’s solution Pronósticos would have been able to generate more funds for public welfare. He said that the systems were sophisticated enough to eliminate past incidents of fraud and technical difficulties and malfunctions that had dogged the current system provided by GTECH.
GTECH has powered the lottery since 1987, and signed an extension to its contract in November 2010. The current deal expires in September.