D.C. Council Questions Contract
A District Council committee is scheduled to meet today on a contract worth more than $120 million to run the DC Lottery's games and terminal network. Some council members have questioned why city officials are granting the contract to a start-up joint venture run by a controversial figure.
The partnership is headed by Warren C. Williams Jr., who was named in a story last month focused on housing code violations at an apartment building at 804 Taylor St. NW that he owns. The story was part of an investigative series on landlords emptying apartment buildings, many of which are quickly converted to condominiums. Williams denied trying to force tenants out of his building.
Williams also owned the now-closed Club U on 14th Street NW, which rented space from the city for a nightclub. It was shut down in 2005 after a fatal stabbing.
The company that has held the lottery contract for 25 years has had its own problems. The contract was extended without competition in 1999 for a network upgrade that was never completed, leaving poor performance and complaints about lost sales, records show. Recently, a security breach led insiders to print $70,000 worth of bogus winning tickets.
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