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Jon Lender: Lottery Vendor Reveals Russian Connection

Jon Lender: Lottery Vendor Reveals Russian Connection

Regulation of legalized gambling takes unexpected turns at times, and here’s one: Six months ago the Connecticut Lottery Corp.’s vendor, Scientific Games Corp., disclosed an indirect connection with a company called QIWI, which runs an electronic payment system in Russia and Ukraine that reportedly has been used to finance criminal and terrorist activities.

The April disclosure by Scientific Games, an international operator of lotteries and other forms of gaming, raised concerns with gambling regulators at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection who license the company as an official state vendor.

It led to a series of inquiries and meetings in an effort to...