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D.C. Council member Jack Evans says he won't allow a contract to provide scratch-off lottery tickets to go forward unless it meets a threshold for participation by local businesses. Evans said Thursday that he would seek to extend the current scratch-off contract while issues with the new proposal are resolved. He says it may need to be rebid.
The city's Office of the Chief Financial Officer wants to award a four-year, $9.7 million contract to New York-based Scientific Games International to provide instant tickets. The new contract, like the old one, does not meet a requirement under city law that at least 35 percent of it go to local businesses.
The lottery business in the city has long been troubled. Scratch-off tickets account for 25 percent of lottery sales.
In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."