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Restraining order on DC’s sports betting contract granted

September 27, 2019 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Superior Court judge has issued a restraining order blocking the District from moving forward on its $215 million no-bid sports gambling contract.

News outlets report the order, issued Thursday, was requested by technology developer Dylan Carragher, who says the single-source contract awarded to Intralot violates the city’s procurement laws.

Carragher’s attorney, Donald Temple, says an act introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson allowed officials to circumvent standard competitive contract bidding.

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Carragher says he’s suing the District because the contract illegally bars him and other vendors from participating in the “potentially lucrative enterprise.”

The restraining order also blocks Intralot from receiving a $30 million payment.

Lottery spokeswoman Nicole Jordan says the ruling will affect the January start date for the Lottery’s mobile wagering app.

Another hearing is set for Tuesday.

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