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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.
With online gambling off the table for now, D.C. officials are grappling with how to rectify the questionable local business certification of a firm that controls a 51 percent share of the $38 million D.C. Lottery contract.
Within weeks of an inspector general's report that criticized a bid by the D.C. Lottery to launch a first-in-the-nation online gambling program, the deal was dead.
Odds are slim that the District's first-in-the-nation bid to launch online gambling through the D.C. Lottery will go forward without further review, D.C. Council members say.
The local half of a joint venture that runs the D.C. Lottery misrepresented its business activities during its bid for a stake in the $38 million contract, according to a report by the D.C. inspector general.
Ambrose Oliver was strapped for cash when his girlfriend suggested he move from Arizona to Maryland, go into business with her uncle and his associates, and go after minority set-aside contracts. Three years later, Mr. Oliver is back on the Navajo reservation, still stinging from the disappointment of plans gone awry.
When the D.C. Council approved the city's lottery contract in December, two members spoke before the vote on behalf of the local firm that walked away with a majority stake in the deal: Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Marion Barry.
D.C.'s attorney general called for a formal investigation into how a firm with questionable credentials and limited experience took a majority share in the city's $38 million lottery contract.
A week before the D.C. Council overwhelmingly approved a $38 million lottery contract to Greek gaming giant Intralot, veteran D.C. lawyer Roderic L. Woodson testified before a council committee about a problematic aspect of the deal.