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D.C. Likely to Run Out of Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets

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The scores of losing players in last week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. (Credit: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

The scores of losing players in last week’s $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states’ budgets. (Credit: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council’s rejection of a proposed contract to provide scratch-off lottery tickets means the District of Columbia is likely to run out of instant tickets at least temporarily.

That’s according to a spokesman for the district’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. David Umansky says the city has instant tickets in warehouses and will sell its remaining stock. He says he’s not sure how long the supply will last but that it’s sure to run out in the six months it will take to rebid the contract.

The current contract with Scientific Games International expires on July 20.

The council rejected the new $9.7 million contract awarded to Scientific Games because it didn’t comply with a city law that requires 35 percent of major contracts go to local businesses.

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