Lottery wranglings could delay new D.C. scratch-off tickets for months
It could be many months before D.C. lottery players see their usual array of new tickets for sale, with a contract controversy that has depleted the D.C. Lottery's supply of scratch-off tickets and has cost the District government hundreds of thousands of dollars showing no sign of ending soon.
The latest delay comes after city financial officials moved to cancel the most recent solicitation for a new lottery vendor in December, saying the lone respondent's price was too high. The decision co ...
Jan 2, 2014, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
DC Lottery not paying winners during government shutdown
If you are furloughed because of the shutdown and thought maybe a DC Lottery ticket might solve your problems, you are out of luck.
The DC Lottery announced Friday that they would not be paying out any winning lottery tickets until after the shutdown is over.
Due to the federal government shutdown, the DC Lottery has suspended the redemption of winning DC Lottery tickets until further notice, reads a notice on the DC Lottery website. Winning tickets will be paid out after the shutdown.
Oct 11, 2013, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Another lottery contract is under the D.C. Council's microscope
For more than two hours Thursday, a D.C. Council committee discussed the merits of the lottery contract.
No, not that lottery contract. Not the one for the city's electronic numbers games, which has been a pox on city politics for five years now, prompting numerous hearings, lawsuits, reports, investigations, newspaper articles, editorials, and much embarrassment.
This lottery contact is a smaller one, worth $9.7 million over four years to produce and distribute scratch-off tickets, awarde ...
Jun 30, 2013, 2:11 pm - Lottery News forum
DC lottery contract is the subject of a federal probe with numerous officials under scrutiny
A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe ...
Dec 12, 2012, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. Council poised to repeal online gambling
After becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation to legalize online gambling within its borders, the District of Columbia is poised to repeal the program before it launches.
The strong backlash on the D.C. Council to the district's online gambling program has little to do with moral opposition to gambling. Instead, councilmembers are upset with the way it became law, saying they didn't realize they had voted to approve it.
Councilmember Jack Evans told The Associated Press on Tuesday th ...
Feb 1, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. Lottery continues to evolve online gambling plan
The D.C. Lottery's planned online gambling program will not be hosted on the city's secure DC-NET Internet system as originally planned, information technology officials said Wednesday.
The gambling program known as iGaming faces a repeal effort in the D.C. Council, yet lottery officials have been working on its implementation since it passed into law as part of a supplemental budget plan last December.
D.C. Lottery's initial plans to use DC-NET a high-speed fiber-optic network that carrie ...
Dec 8, 2011, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. Lottery makes its pitch for Internet gambling
This much is clear: D.C. residents, or at least the handful of Ward 5 residents who came out to the Lamond-Riggs Library last night, don't have much of a problem with Internet gambling.
At the first of eight community meetings set to discuss the city's controversial new iGaming program, few moral or philosophical objections were lodged against the idea that city residents should be able to gamble online legally, with the city getting a cut of the action.
But that's not to say that everyone ...
Oct 14, 2011, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Court filings outline steering of D.C. lottery deal
In recorded conversation, official suggests ousting winner of bidding
Documents filed in federal court Thursday portray in vivid detail the efforts of a number of D.C. officials, including then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, to manipulate the outcome of the competitively bid, multimillion-dollar D.C. Lottery contract.
The documents, supported by transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, were filed in response to efforts by the city to resis ...
Sep 16, 2011, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Starved state budgets prompt new interest in online gambling
The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that gambling generates each year.
So district officials want residents to gamble closer to home inside their homes, actually. Or in cafes, restaurants and bars. By year's end the district hopes to introduce an Internet gambling hub that would allow Washin ...
Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
D.C. continues rollout of online gambling
The bright glass-and-copper library on Benning Road NE just beyond the Anacostia River opened last year as an anchor for redevelopment and a refuge for the mind.
Now, District officials are deciding whether they should use the gleaming outpost in a depressed section of the city for another pioneering purpose: as a gateway to online gambling and the promise of millions of dollars in government revenue.
The scramble is on to launch an online casino in the District, which is the first jurisdi ...
Jun 30, 2011, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum