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D.C. officials this week proposed a $215 million sole-source contract to manage online sports gambling and the lottery, a deal that would benefit several politically connected individuals as well as executives of a company that the city ousted from running a homeless shelter.

The D.C. Council and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) authorized city officials to suspend procurement rules while awarding a lucrative contract to the Greek gaming company Intralot. They said it was necessary to launch a sports-betting mobile app quickly to maximize tax revenue.

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt, whose office regulates sports gambling, on Monday sent a proposed five-year contract to the council after months of negotiation with Intralot.

A summary of the proposed deal identifies seven companies that would serve as subcontractors, sharing more than a third of the $215 million contract that extends Intralot’s hold on the city lottery and gives it control over online sports gambling.

Click here to read the rest of the article written by Fenit Nirappil over at the Washington Post