FLASH: Tennessee Lottery audit won't investigate drawing errors
Out-of-control situation gets worse
Legislators shocked to learn investigation won't study why errors occurred
The Tennessee Lottery hired an outside auditor after a computer issue affected the Cash 3 and Cash 4 games in August, but the auditor will not examine why the system failed.
Lottery officials previously said KPMG would be paid about $90,000 to look into the problem that kept repeat numbers from being drawn for those games for more than three weeks in August.
But a letter ob ...
Oct 3, 2007, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Official wants fraud probe of Tennessee Lottery
UPDATED (Aug. 28, 2007, 11:44 am) Internal documents added
The Tennessee Lottery should investigate whether fraud was behind a computer malfunction that affected the results for Cash 3 and Cash 4 games, the lottery board's audit chairman says.
James H. Ripley, a Sevierville attorney who heads the 3-year-old lottery's audit group, said the agency should probe more deeply into why a computer software problem prevented duplicate numbers from being drawn for a three-week period.
A lotter ...
Aug 28, 2007, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Engineer reported bad Tenn. Lottery computerized draws
Tennessee Lottery was slow to act, even after repeated warnings from many players; many call for the return of real lottery drawings
The Tennessee Lottery appears to have been slow to investigate reports of a major flaw in its new computerized drawing system, even in the face of multiple warnings from players.
Lee Lemonds and his wife watch The Wheel of Fortune every night and because the lottery drawing comes on the same television station, they usually see it as well.
It didn't take ...
Aug 24, 2007, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Former Indiana Lottery Director cleared of ethics charges
Inspector general finds that sponsoring GOP women's event wasn't an ethical violation
The Hoosier Lottery inappropriately sponsored a luncheon for Republican women during the tenure of its former director, but neither that nor other actions rose to the level of ethics violations, the state's inspector general said.
The findings essentially cleared former lottery Director Esther Schneider of allegations of cronyism, improper expenditures and other charges raised in an anonymous letter s ...
Aug 24, 2007, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
Kickback probe launched at the Texas Lottery
The Travis County district attorney's office confirmed Tuesday that it has launched a criminal investigation after an allegation that someone affiliated with the Texas Lottery Commission may have solicited kickbacks from a financial planning firm that helped some Lotto Texas winners manage their money.
Assistant District Attorney Greg Cantwell of the office's public integrity unit said he could not divulge the details of the inquiry but said that the lottery commission was cooperating.
Jun 20, 2007, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery official fired for taking 'bonus' from hotel
A California Lottery official has been fired for allegedly pocketing gratuities tied to the weekly Big Spin TV show, where scratch-off ticket winners vie for a chance to win millions.
Richard Leeson was dismissed after an internal investigation found that he received redeemable honors points from a contract to house Big Spin contestants at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, officials said.
This is not the kind of thing you can make excuses for, Lottery Director Joan Borucki said Tuesday at a ...
Jun 13, 2007, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
2 more execs fall victim to Ontario Lottery scandal
VP fired, another shuffled out of job
One senior executive was fired and another reassigned yesterday as the fallout from a scandal involving allegations of fraud and suspicious insider wins at the provincial lottery corporation widened.
Michelle DiEmanuele, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's interim chief executive, announced the changes yesterday afternoon in a memo to staff.
Vice-president Ingrid Peters was fired after eight years with the company. She earned more than $267,000 ...
Jun 13, 2007, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
8-time B.C. Lottery winner has history of fraud
A Kamloops store clerk who won the lottery eight times over the past five years was convicted of fraud in 2001.
On May 30, after a scathing report from the B.C. ombudsman on possible retailer fraud, the B.C. Lottery Corp. released the names of 24 retailers known to have won multiple prizes over the past seven years.
Court records obtained by The Vancouver Sun show that one of those retailers Kulvinder Kaur Bains, 43, an employee at the Halston Market in Kamloops pleaded guilty in Augus ...
Jun 12, 2007, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
West Virgina Lottery's help line under scrutiny
Director seeks probe of allegations by outgoing official over problem-gambler program
The director of the West Virginia Lottery asked for an investigation Tuesday of allegations over the Lottery's handling of the state's Problem Gambler Help Network.
Lottery Director John Musgrave asked for the investigation by the Legislative Auditor after the head of First Choice Health Systems of Charleston criticized a new contract that will give the Lottery more oversight over the 7-year-old help-line ...
Jun 8, 2007, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Yukon lotteries go under microscope
Lottery operations in the Yukon are currently under review, in the wake of similar probes in other Canadian provinces, but Yukon lottery officials foresee no problems.
The Western Lottery Corp. has hired Ernst Young to audit its operations, which include those in the Western provinces and the Yukon. A final report is expected by late September.
The audit will examine, in part, how many lottery retailers are winning at games for which they sell the tickets something Yukon Lottery Commis ...
Jun 4, 2007, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum