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D.C. Gambles With Future of Scratch-Offs Washington No more Ca$htastic. No more Cherry Blossom Doubler. No more Lucky Diamonds Tripler. A contract dispute between the District and the company that makes the highly profitable scratchoff lottery tickets led to the recent lapse of the city’s instant-ticket contract. Without a contract, lottery officials warn, the city could

U-Md. University College Expands Online Offerings Annapolis The University of Maryland University College has created a path for students to earn academic credit for learning through “massive open online courses.” The university announced Wednesday it will award credit for demonstrated learning from six online courses offered by Coursera and Udacity that cover introductory math and science. Students will have to demonstrate their competency of material through standardized exams taken in a test center. But some experts say online courses can’t replace traditional classroom learning. With 93,000 enrolled, the University College is one of the nation’s largest public providers of online higher education. BRIAN WIT TE (AP)

run out of tickets within months, costing the government as much as $12 million in revenue. The city’s longtime scratch-off contractor, Georgia-based Scientific Games, appeared poised this year to secure a four-year, $9.7 million contract. But its bid did not incorporate the 35 percent of local subcontracting that is standard on city contracts. The talks fell apart after the appropriate subcontracting funds could not be allocated. Instant-ticket sales were a $60 million business for the D.C. Lottery last year, accounting for roughly a quarter of overall lot-

— BUDDY ROOGOW, D.C. LOTTERY DIRECTOR, ON A CONTRACT DISPUTE THAT HAS LEFT WASHINGTON WITHOUT A VENDOR FOR HIGHLY PROFITABLE SCRATCH-OFF TICKETS

tery sales. “Scratcher” sales have been a strong growth segment for the lottery in recent years. City f inance off icials have warned that the instant-ticket hiatus could take a $5.6 million bite out of the profits paid to lottery retailers, mostly small businesses in the city.

Council members, including Chairman Phil Mendelson, have argued that the lottery, which is under the purview of Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, should simply extend a temporary contract with Scientific Games until the contract can be rebid. But Gandhi has refused, saying in a Tuesday let-

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MIKE DeBONIS (THE WASHINGTON POST )

Georgetown Mascot J.J. Gets Axed

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Washington One of the most popular fixtures at Georgetown University won’t be going back to school this fall. The university announced Wednesday that mascot-in-training Jack Jr. — better known as J.J. — will be retiring to lead a less-hectic life. The bulldog was brought to campus last year to train alongside Jack the Bulldog, or Jack Sr., who retired this spring. But it seems the pup just wasn’t up to snuff in the mascot department, at least according to trainers who determined that “returning to a home environment is what is best for J.J.” The abrupt end to his short-lived career came as a shock to fans, students and his handlers alike. Neve Schadler, the head of a student group known as the Jack crew that helps care for J.J., said she didn’t see the decision coming. “If a student were to have

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Students greet J.J. on a walk around Georgetown University’s campus in October.

been consulted, it would have been me,” Schadler told the student newspaper The Hoya, which broke the story. Christopher Steck, a Georgetown professor and J.J.’s caretaker, similarly expressed surprise in a statement and indicated that he

disagreed with the decision. “I genuinely believe that J.J. would thrive as the next university mascot.” The tradition of a bulldog mascot will continue, the universit y said, but it hasn’t yet announced plans for a Jack III.

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R ACHEL SADON (E XPRESS)

The Lotteries Wednesday, July 31

ter to Mendelson that it would be “inappropriate” and legally risky. D.C. Lottery Director Buddy Roogow said the city’s stock of instant tickets is expected to last four to five months, covering much of the six- to eight-month contract rebidding process. But he said that the revenue hit will start much sooner — within six to eight weeks. Roogow fears that if the District loses players to Maryland or Virginia, it could take years to win them back. “We’ll lose a ma rket t hat we’ve struggled to gain,” he said.

“We’re the only lottery organization in North America that doesn’t have an instant-ticket vendor.”

EVA RUSSO (FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Lottery contract lapse spurs fears of revenue shortages

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Lawmakers are introducing new legislation in Congress to create a national Latino American history museum. Two years ago, a presidential commission called for the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum. But the effort stalled in Congress. The group, Friends of the American Latino Museum, has been raising money for an advocacy effort to urge Congress to authorize such a museum. A similar bill gained support last year in the Senate but stalled in the House. (AP) ANNAPOLIS

O’Malley Raised $500K For PAC So Far This Year Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday reported raising nearly $500,000 for his political action committee since the start of the year. O’Malley, who is term-limited in Maryland, has used his O’ Say Can You See PAC as a vehicle to build national exposure and pay for a small cadre of political advisers as he weighs a 2016 presidential bid. If he moves forward, early fundraising ability will soon become one of the key tests he faces. (THE WASHINGTON POST)


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