Illinois lottery director calls it quits
Michael Jones' run as Illinois Lottery Director is over.
Late Wednesday Jones sent a brief memo to his Lottery colleagues that said his job there is done. Jones went on to write that he had informed Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief of staff a while ago that he was planning to leave his post. Jones said his immediate plan is to go surfing at my home break, Seapark, next week.
In a statement to the Chicago Business Journal this afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he appreciated Michael Jones steppin ...
Mar 20, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's lottery director resigns
Stephen Martino, the director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, is leaving his job later this month to become a partner at a private law firm in Baltimore.
In a letter sent to his staff Tuesday morning, Martino wrote that he informed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's office yesterday that he is resigning his position and that his last day in office will be March 27.
Martino was appointed as director of the agency in 2010 by then governor, Martin O'Malley.
Governor Hogan ...
Mar 11, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Dozens of 'dead people' collected NJ lottery prizes last year
Nearly four dozen New Jersey lottery winners collected their prizes with false Social Security numbers belonging to dead people, according to an audit of the state lottery system.
The audit also found that the lottery missed out on recovering $890,000 that winners owed in taxes and other obligations for the fiscal year that ended last June.
The report, released Wednesday, said 680 people who won at least $600 presented potentially invalid IDs from July 2013 to July 2014.
People are requ ...
Feb 19, 2015, 4:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Governor revamps Missouri Lottery Commission
Gov. Jay Nixon replaced most of the members of the Missouri Lottery Commission on Thursday as he released a report recommending the agency review its policies on prizes and advertising in a quest to route more money to education.
The shake-up in oversight at the Missouri Lottery comes after it posted record sales during the past budget year yet transferred less money to education than it had in the previous year.
Nixon in July had directed his state budget office to review the lottery's op ...
Sep 19, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Travel by Missouri Lottery employees under scrutiny
Nine Missouri Lottery employees took a state-paid trip to Orlando, Fla., in July 2012 to attend a professional development seminar.
It wasn't the only time lottery employees traveled to the Sunshine State. During the last three years, officials have logged a total of 20 trips to central Florida. Other popular destinations included New York, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Providence, R.I.
The out-of-state travel which has cost the lottery $129,881 and a ...
Sep 2, 2014, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Florida lottery department keeps shaky records
The agency overseeing the Florida lottery doesn't exactly have the winning ticket when it comes to keeping track of its taxpayer-funded property.
At least, that's the conclusion of a review conducted by the office of the state auditor general, David W. Martin.
Auditors used the Florida Department of the Lottery's own records, and determined that as of July 31, 2013, millions of dollars in public property purchased and used by the department was poorly accounted for. As a result, officials ...
Jun 18, 2014, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Two Iowa Lottery executives leave on same day
Two vice presidents of the Iowa Lottery, which has been struggling to match last year's record profits, departed on the same day last week, and Lottery President Terry Rich isn't saying why they left.
Molly Juffernbruch, who had been the lottery's general legal counsel, and Jack Schroeder, who had been vice president of operations and systems, both stopped working at the Iowa Lottery on Thursday, state officials confirmed.
Both had worked for the state-run lottery for about four years, and ...
May 14, 2014, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery names new executive director
Shaking hands with someone who has just won a million dollars is not a bad way to make a living.
Lynn native Beth Bresnahan, 38, is the second woman and youngest person to head the Massachusetts State Lottery, which has 400 employees and 7,400 agents statewide. It generated $4.85 billion in sales last fiscal year, with $956 million returned to cities and towns in unrestricted local aid.
Bresnahan, who previously served as the lottery's assistant executive director and marketing and communi ...
Mar 20, 2014, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery announces CEO finalists
The New Mexico Lottery has announced four finalists for the chief executive officer's position, which became vacant in November the lottery's board of directors fired former CEO Tom Romero without explanation.
Romero, who had been with the lottery since its inception in 1996, had an annual salary of $165,000.
The seven-member, governor-appointed board will interview the finalists on Friday, said lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin.
The finalists include the lottery's interim CEO, David M. ...
Feb 12, 2014, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery unveils logo
Meet YoLo the Jackalope, the face of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.
It beat out the bucking horse and other state icons to star as the centerpiece of the lottery logo.
Warehouse Twenty One, a Cheyenne-based marketing firm, designed YoLo and the insignia. The fictitious critter received its name because it is jumping over those four letters in the logo.
The lottery held an open house Thursday at its offices in Cheyenne to unveil the new insignia, inviting guests to familiarize themselv ...
Jan 31, 2014, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum