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Though he doubts the council possesses the political will to ask Mr. Nathan to investigate, Mr. Nickles said, he saw one clear course that would begin to clean up the lottery:

“They’d have to reopen the bid, and bring Intralot back to run it without Bailey until they have a new team. It’s the only practical way. They’d have to say, ‘We see significant legal defects and the CFO has not done his job.’

“I mean 20 percent would be bad enough, but 51 percent?” He asked. “The credibility of the city is at stake.”