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Calls for investigation on Washington DC lottery

Online gambling software company Intralot is facing some heat after an op-ed article this weekend questioned its ties to the Washington DC Lottery Commission.

The gambling company was awarded $38 million to build and maintain the District's online gambling system, and according to the report DC's former Attorney General Peter Nickels had recommended an inquiry over the deal be carried out.

The editorial was written by Colbert King, who asked DC Inspector General about a pending investigation to which he was told, "We don’t confirm or deny that an investigation is underway."

King then opined, "But I concluded from reading between the lines of our conversation that Willoughby is pursuing the July 2010 request by the city’s then-attorney general, Peter Nickles, for an investigation of the D.C. Council’s involvement in the award of the city’s $38 million lottery contract,"

The DC online gambling law was passed after it was snuck into a financial bill, and many have questioned why this happened. An investigation into the matter may show just how such a deal was passed and why Intralot may have received the contract to run the city's gambling infrastructure.

Intralot has denied any wrongdoing in the deal and DC has seen a variety of delays in getting its gambling law into effect. Meetings with citizens of different wards are to be held within the next month.

The article can be read in full at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dcs-political-gambling-games/2011...

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