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Lottery declines to seek full damages against firm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Lottery has repeatedly declined to seek the maximum amount of damages allowed against a contractor whose technical failures have disrupted ticket sales.

The Lottery contracts with GTECH Corp. to operate its ticket system, including 3,200 terminals at retailers. The Lottery can assess damages when its systems fail or tickets cannot be validated under the deal.

An audit found the Lottery declined to assess damages for 12 out of 30 such incidents last year. In the 18 instances the Lottery imposed damages, they were far smaller than the maximum allowed in the contract.

Lottery spokesman Andrew Bohage says it seeks damages for the amount of revenue it actually lost as a result of the failures instead of the maximums.

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