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Topic - Roogow
The majority subcontractor on the $38 million D.C. Lottery contract is competing for a new game with a different foreign partner in a process that could involve one of his well-connected friends at D.C. Lottery.
The possibility of manipulation of the 2009 D.C. Lottery contract is not the only corruption angle that has drawn the attention of government investigators.
In the beginning, D.C. officials created an Internet gambling law and they thought it was good. Now, not so much.
A Greek company charged with running the D.C. lottery system is hiring personnel as part of their online gaming "strategy" in the city and three unidentified states, even though the program has not passed key hurdles in the District.
The D.C. Lottery has rolled out a schedule of meetings in each of the city's eight wards to discuss its controversial online gambling program.
The D.C. Lottery is tapping the brakes on every aspect of its unprecedented Internet gambling plans, even though city residents wouldn't have lost a dime by playing demo games initially slated to roll out this week.
Players can lose only as much as $250 a week in the D.C. Lottery's upcoming online gambling program, but there is no limit on how much they can win on a hot streak, said Buddy Roogow, executive director of the city-run D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
The D.C. Lottery's plan to introduce unprecedented online gambling in the District is legal as long as play occurs within city borders, the District's top lawyer said Wednesday.
The D.C. Lottery announced roll-out dates for its unprecedented Internet gambling program, kicking it off with two demonstration games in midsummer before players wager real cash in September.
D.C. Lottery Executive Director Buddy Roogow showed his optimism in July when he sent an e-mail to DC09, the joint venture that operates the lottery: "The project is going to go well. Get ready to set records."
"They're paying $2, $3, $4 and not buying $10, $20 or $30," he said. "But people who don't normally play everyone wants a piece of the fantasy."
Mr. Roogow said lottery officials expect ticket buyers like Ms. DeShields to play the game when there's an enormous jackpot, however, they were seeing a drop overall in the number of tickets bought by habitual lottery players.