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Several other council members previously told The Times that they did not tell Intralot officials they needed a local partner.

Nevertheless, Intralot lobbyist and former council member Kevin P. Chavous had a partner in mind: Emmanuel S. Bailey - a man familiar to Mr. Barry and Mr. Gray.

In the 1990s, Mr. Gray worked and socialized with Mr. Bailey’s mother, Barbara Bailey, when the two were employed at the D.C. Department of Human Services. Mr. Gray had met with Mr. Bailey and Mr. Chavous and discussed the lottery in October 2008, while a previous Intralot award was pending before the council.

Mrs. Bailey also served as Mr. Barry’s labor liaison when he was mayor and worked on several of his campaigns, including his 2008 re-election bid, during which he paid her a $500 stipend.

As chairman of VSC, Mrs. Bailey would be part of the lottery deal.

For that reason and others, Mr. Barry quickly supported Mr. Bailey.

“What they are doing is the old American way,” Mr. Barry said of the Baileys. “Mothers, sons, fathers getting involved in business together.

“I saw an opportunity for a reputable, substantial black businessman to get into the lottery business,” he said. “I commend Mr. Bailey on his maneuverability to get himself 51 percent of the deal.”

Mr. Bailey has connections to other council members.

In June, after the Intralot-VSC partnership was approved, he co-hosted a fundraiser for the constituent services fund of council member Yvette M. Alexander. Ms. Alexander’s Ward 7 seat was formerly held by Mr. Gray and before that by Mr. Chavous, the other host of the event. Ms. Alexander said the event brought in more than $6,500. A third of that came from Mr. Chavous, Mr. Bailey and two companies that list Mr. Bailey as a principal.

Ms. Alexander and her colleague, Michael A. Brown, at-large independent, recently co-introduced a bill that would require local partners to control at least 50 percent of future lottery contracts. But they denied any knowledge of how Intralot came to hire VSC as its local partner on the lottery contract.

Mr. Gray also was a co-sponsor of that bill.

Mr. Bailey was not Mr. Gray’s first choice to partner on the lottery. The council chairman supported another local firm that had among its principals the woman who is managing his campaign for mayor. But that firm was disqualified during the procurement process.

Mr. Bailey and VSC, though, were more palatable to him than Intralot’s first partner, a company headed by a man with ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. A whistleblower who has filed a federal lawsuit alleges that Mr. Gray actively attempted to scuttle that deal.

The Gray campaign said Wednesday that Mr. Gray “handled the council’s consideration of the contract in the best interest of the citizens of the District of Columbia” and again pointed out that Mr. Gray abstained from voting on the final contract.

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