DC Council Approves Intralot Contract Despite Ethics Questions

Tensions boiled to the surface on Tuesday as DC Council members narrowly voted to approve a controversial new contract with Greece-based vendor Intralot for Washington, D.C.'s lottery system and sports betting.

The $215m five-year contract was approved by a 7-5 vote, amid public accusations by members that the contract benefitted politically-connected subcontractors and that council leadership traded new committee assignments in exchange for votes on the lottery deal.

The roots of the dispute date back to the council approving legislation to legalize sports betting in the district last December, electing to do so with a model that allowed the DC Lottery to exclusively offer mobile and retail sports betting in most of the district.

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