Illinois Lottery official Mike Jones continues to be actively involved in discouraging states considering privatization of their state lotteries from handing the system over to non-government entities, like his home state did. Breitbart.com reports refers to Illinois Review's recent story about Jones:
[Jones has] also taken his show on the road beyond the Illinois state line to “offer” his unsolicited “advice” to other states considering privatizing their lottery systems. Given the success Illinois has had with its lottery privatization (the state brought in nearly $100 million more this year than in the previous year) one might think Jones would offer high praise for his state as a model for increasing revenues. Nope. Despite Illinois’ success, Jones first made unwelcome visits to Indiana to tell them to avoid privatizing the Illinois way:
The Illinois Lottery is not a model Indiana should follow in seeking a private manager to boost revenue, according to Illinois’ own lottery chief.“It’s as if they didn’t learn anything,” Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones said after reviewing the request for bids that Hoosier Lottery released in July.Indiana utterly ignored Jones and instituted contract bidding system similar to Illinois’ and subsequently awarding a similar private lottery contract to that which Illinois adopted. Outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels counts the privatization of Indiana’s lottery system as a highlight of his legacy as chief executive of the Hoosier State.
"In eight years, this may be the easiest and most obvious decision the state has had to make," Daniels said in a statement. "With this contract, the only question is how much more money Indiana will receive than under the current system."Undeterred by his failure to halt Indiana’s successful lottery privatization deal, Jones is now exporting his sage “advice” to Pennsylvania, where, again, the governor is looking to emulate Illinois’ model of success... More on Breitbart.com.