Asset fund asks specialists to assess lottery bids

Greece?s state asset sales fund invited specialized firms to bid for a role evaluating offers from companies seeking to run the country?s state lottery games.

The maximum available budget for the six-week contract is 50,000 euros and the deadline for bids from interested companies is February 17 at 5 p.m., the Athens-based Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) said on Monday in a statement on its website.

The fund chose three groups to proceed to the second phase of a tender to run and operate six state lottery games for 12 years, Chief Executive Officer Costas Mitropoulos said on January 11.

The first group comprises OPAP SA, Intralot SA and units of Lottomatica SpA and Scientific Games Corp; the second is made up of Italy?s Sisal SpA, Damco Energy SA and Damlot SA, the latter two of which are part of Greece?s Copelouzos Group; while Austria?s Oesterreichische Lotterien GmbH made a solo bid. [Bloomberg]