IGT is sole bidder to run sports betting for Rhode Island

Sports Betting

The Rhode Island Lottery says only one company submitted a bid to run the state’s sports betting business.

Lottery spokesman Paul Grimaldi told The Providence Journal that IGT was the only company to put in a proposal to run sports betting at Twin River Casino in Lincoln and a casino that will open soon in Tiverton.

“We would have preferred more bidders,” Lottery spokesman Paul Grimaldi said in an email about the response. “18 companies expressed an interest in the RFP. We’re not going to speculate as to why more bids weren’t submitted.”

Asked whether the contract could be rebid, Grimaldi said the IGT proposal has been turned over to the Lottery’s “Technical Review Committee” to see whether it meets basic requirements.

“The bid could be rejected if a flaw(s) is discovered in the submission,” Grimaldi wrote. “We will consider our options at that point.”

Angela Wiczek, spokeswoman for IGT, said the company would not comment on a pending bid. Proposals were due Friday. Grimaldi said IGT’s submission was sent to the Technical Review Committee within the lottery for approval.