Jackpot! Two firms win the lottery prize

Two firms win the lottery prize

Every week Americans eagerly scratch coins or other objects across the surfaces of some 40 million "instant-win" lottery tickets to find out if they have hit the jackpot. But whether they jump for joy or toss away another losing ticket in disgust, the national love of lotteries has made big winners of two Atlanta-based companies, Scientific Games and Dittler Bros. They are the undisputed champions of instant-win games, one of the most popular forms of legalized gambling.

The two firms, which in 1984 produced 1.5 billion tickets for games in eleven states, control 70% of the instant-win lottery business in the...

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