Scratch-Offs Could Disappear from D.C.
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 tickets.”