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D.C. Council Says Lottery Contract Needs Work

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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.

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