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Buddy Roogow, executive director of D.C. Lottery, said Monday that community input is more crucial than revenue at this point.
“We want to have a community that understands what the program is,” he said. “It’s the most important thing.”
Mr. Roogow said he hopes other programs, such as new sports-themed scratch-off tickets and sales from the Lucky Lottery Mobile, will make up for lost revenue.
He also said the community meetings will allow lottery officials to give a presentation explaining iGaming and dispelling myths about its impact on communities, such as the notion that it could lead to bricks-and-mortar gambling parlors.
Supporters contend that iGaming is needed to compete with nearby attractions, including a casino project under construction at Arundel Mills in Hanover, Md., and a successful casino at Charles Town, W.Va.
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