Judge Allows DC to Move Forward With Sports Betting
The D.C. Lottery got the green light Friday to move forward with a $215 million sports betting deal with tech provider Intralot, following a month of suspension.
In July, Intralot became the District’s sports betting provider, following a 7–5 vote by D.C. Council, which did not accept other bids. The ruling prompted criticism two months later from local tech developer Dylan Carragher, who filed a lawsuit against the Lottery, claiming that the single-source contract prevented him and others from participating in the bid, with Judge Joan Zeldon issuing a temporary restraining order on the deal.
Judge John Campbell rescinded the temporary injunction on Friday, with Carragher representative Donald Temple saying they would appeal Judge John Campbell’s decision.
“The D.C. judge essentially ruled that the District Council implicitly amended its procurement laws despite the absence of any amendment language anywhere in the record,” he added.
The Lottery plans to move forward with its collaboration with Intralot, saying they are “pleased” with the ruling.
In the upcoming week, the District and Carragher will file a joint briefing schedule before a December 20 conference on the lawsuit.
Intralot has been the Lottery’s contractor for almost a decade.