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By then, Mr. Bailey had formed VSC and was waiting in the wings. And, according to Mr. Boothe, with an Intralot loan to help cover his share of $10 million to $15 million in startup costs, Mr. Bailey and Intralot are scheduled to take over the D.C. Lottery in November.

But, according to Mr. Vincent, a spokesman for outgoing lottery operator GTech, ventures that join international gambling companies and local businessmen often prove more trouble than they are worth.

“It doesn’t add value,” he said. “It’s a cost of business and we manage it.”