D.C. Lottery might soon be about more than little white balls (Julio Cortez/AP)

Community activists protested that the only opportunity for public feedback would come during a period when many residents are sunning themselves on the Delaware beaches, chilling out in mountain cabins or are otherwise indisposed. Responding to those concerns, the D.C. Lottery announced this afternoon it is postponing the meetings, which will now be “commencing mid-September and concluding sometime in October.”

“Our goal is to reach the largest number of District residents possible,” said Buddy Roogow, the lottery’s executive director, in a statement.

The news comes as a relief to Andy Litsky, a Southwest advisory neighborhood commissioner who objected to the original scheduling. “People will be back and focused,” he said.