DC lottery contract is the subject of a federal probe with numerous officials under scrutiny
A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.
Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe ...
Dec 12, 2012, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery seeking outside help for marketing efforts
'The lottery would not be sold nor will it be fully privatized'
An aging population's increased demand for services and the need for stable funding for those programs sparked Gov. Tom Corbett administration's decision to seek private managers for the Pennsylvania Lottery, senior administration officials told a House oversight committee Tuesday.
By 2030, a quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 years or older, and the lottery, which had sales of $3.2 billion during the 2010-11 fiscal year, wi ...
Apr 5, 2012, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
Almost-millionaire on a 15-year political pilgrimage
Still hasn't given up fight for $5.8 million
It all started with a lottery ticket.
For Clarence Jackson, life over the past 15 years has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that began with a once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a multimillionaire.
Jackson was the guy who held the winning ticket for $5.8 million and tried unsuccessfully to cash it after he missed the one-year deadline by three days.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of a memorable debate in t ...
Mar 19, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
State cuts lottery winner's benefits
Michigan woman who won $1M continued to collect $200 a month in food stamps
A Lincoln Park, Michigan, woman who won $1 million in the state lottery but continued to get food stamps has an unusual connection to the legislator seeking to outlaw what she was she's doing.
Amanda Clayton, 24, won $1 million in the lottery in September and until recently was still receiving $200 a month in food stamps to feed her and her two children.
Late Wednesday, the state Department of Human Services sai ...
Mar 8, 2012, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling
2012 may the year of widespread Internet lottery ticket sales
The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
The legal opinion, issued by the department's office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits ...
Dec 25, 2011, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Gov. proposes privatizing state's lottery
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday floated the idea of privatizing the state lottery system as a way to bring in more money for education.
I want to be clear: I am not proposing that the lottery expand gambling, Gregoire said at a news conference. Private-sector operation of the lottery would be the lottery that we have today.
She wants the Legislature to approve having the lottery solicit proposals from private vendors to run the operation.
The idea would be to see if the pri ...
Dec 16, 2011, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislators float idea that lower prizes will bring in more money
Task force says 'bad idea'
Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
Both were criticized at a meeting last week of the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force with a lottery official suggesting that a cut in prizes could be a bad business decision a ...
Oct 31, 2011, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Court filings outline steering of D.C. lottery deal
In recorded conversation, official suggests ousting winner of bidding
Documents filed in federal court Thursday portray in vivid detail the efforts of a number of D.C. officials, including then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, to manipulate the outcome of the competitively bid, multimillion-dollar D.C. Lottery contract.
The documents, supported by transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, were filed in response to efforts by the city to resis ...
Sep 16, 2011, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Legislators grill Ark. lottery financial officer
The Arkansas lottery's chief financial officer said Wednesday that a $90,000 tax penalty probably resulted because of a data input error, though legislators remained puzzled over how the lottery's director wasn't told of the problem for more than three months.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue told members of the Lottery Oversight Committee that he was disappointed he wasn't told of the Internal Revenue Service problem until long after it had emerged.
The IRS assessed the penalty because ...
Aug 25, 2011, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
Starved state budgets prompt new interest in online gambling
The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that gambling generates each year.
So district officials want residents to gamble closer to home inside their homes, actually. Or in cafes, restaurants and bars. By year's end the district hopes to introduce an Internet gambling hub that would allow Washin ...
Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum