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### Two New Fast Play Games from the D.C. Lottery

Sept. 4, 2013 – The D.C. Lottery has two new games in its Fast Play family: High Roller and Touchdown Dollars.  Fast play is a twist on classic instant games, and can be played at a Lottery retailer terminal, or on a printed ticket. Touchdown Dollars is “the fastest way to win \$25,000,” according to the D.C. Lottery’s website.  To win, players must move the up at least 50 yards on the “field” printed on the ticket. How?  Well, each ticket costs \$5, and gives you a “field” divided into four sections – A, B, C, and D.  Beneath the field will be printed eight letter-number combinations called “Your Gains”. The “Your Gains” combos tell you which ball to move – with the letters A, B, C, or D – and how far to move it – with numbers 0 through 3.  You won’t be moving up the field a yard or two at a time, though.  Each number corresponds to 10 yards, so 3A would mean your ball in the A column would move up 30 yards – only 20 more yards until you win! You can find all the rules for Touchdown Dollars, as well as the odds and prize structure, on the Touchdown Dollars webpage, here. The other new Fast Play game from the D.C. lottery is called High Roller, and offers players a shot at \$50,000, with a total of 12 ways to win on each ticket. High Roller combines four games – Roulette, Dice, “Jacks or Better”, and the “Lucky Chips Bonus” – on one \$10 ticket.  That’s a great deal for four different games, but the D.C. Lottery decided it could be better, and made every ticket a winner. That’s right – the odds of the High Roller game are 1 to 1, you’ll never leave (completely) empty handed. Here’s how to play: In Roulette, you’ll see “Your Bets” printed at the top of your ticket, and you’ll win if they match any of the three slivers of a...

### D.C. Will Run Out of Scratch-offs Before New Contract

Jul 12, 13

Posted by in DC Lottery, Lottery News, State Lottery

July 12, 2013 – After yesterday’s news that the D.C. Council had rejected a proposed four year, \$9.7 million contract with Lottery vendor Scientific Games, the contract will need to be rebid, a process that will take six months or more. David Umansky, a spokesman for the D.C. office of the Chief Financial Officer, said that when the Lottery’s current, temporary deal with Scientific Games expires July 20, the Lottery will be able to continue selling some scratch-offs. But the Lottery’s warehouse does not have enough tickets to last for the six-month-or-more process of rebidding the contract to vendors, Umansky said. He could not estimate how long it would be before the last scratch-offs were sold. The D.C. Council rejected the proposed deal with Scientific Games in light of issues with the vendor’s local subcontracting. D.C. law mandates that 35 percent of contracts for government operations be given to local subcontractors.  Scientific Games only subcontracted 17 percent of their contract to local businesses. The vendor requested the requirement be waived in their case, saying they could not subcontract any more of the deal – a request denied due to a lack of information that would justify the waiving of the requirement. In late June, when the D.C. Council began raising concerns about the scratch-off contract with Scientific Games, Lottery director Buddy Roogow told the council’s Finance and Revenue committee that a rejection of the contract would take a serious toll on Lottery revenues. “We in a very short period of time will not be able to sell instant tickets,” Roogow said. Scratch-offs account for about \$12 million a year, roughly a quarter of the Lottery’s annual revenues. And if no contractor who bids on the Lottery’s operation is able to meet the subcontracting requirements, the Lottery’s “Scratchers” may disappear for good. “We will be the first lottery ever to walk away from instant tickets,” Umansky...

### Scratch-Offs Could Disappear from D.C.

Jul 11, 13

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July 11, 2013 – Wednesday, the D.C. Council told the Lottery that it would not approve a new contract with the Lottery’s vendor, Scientific Games, pointing to recent concerns that the gaming group had not met local subcontracting requirements. The rejection of the \$9.7 million, four-year contract for scratch-off tickets in the District  puts almost \$12 million per year of government profits on the line. The Council’s decision comes just ahead of its two-month recess, almost guaranteeing that nobody will be around to renew a temporary contract for scratch-offs that’s set to expire in two weeks. But even the Council members – who must approve any temporary contract for the Lottery – say the money is too good; the deal will get done. “If the CFO cares about the roughly \$800,000 a month in revenue… you can be sure, you can be damn sure he’s going to extend [the contract]” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Speaking to the Washington Post, a spokesman for the CFO’s office noted that D.C. would be “the first lottery ever to walk away from instant...