Georgia Lottery bonuses stir lawmakers into action
The Georgia Lottery board's decision to hand out nearly $3 million in bonuses to employees this year has lawmakers vowing to put new controls on the corporation.
Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) filed legislation Friday that would give lawmakers appointments to the Lottery Corp. board. Currently, the governor appoints the board. His bill, which will be considered during the 2008 session, also would mandate that all Lottery Corp. spending, including employee bonuses, be appro ...
Dec 14, 2007, 10:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Head of Turkish state lottery shot dead
The head of the Turkish state lottery was shot dead in his office by a former lottery employee on Friday, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.
Lottery employees confirmed general manager Ihya Balak had been shot dead around 9:30 am (0730 GMT). They said police had sealed off the building.
Private broadcaster NTV said the attacker, a former inspector at the state lottery, had shot Balak four times and had been detained by the police.
It said the attacker had been the subject of an i ...
Nov 16, 2007, 7:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Auditors find 21 unreported wins by BC lottery retailers but no fraud
Auditors studying the integrity of B.C.'s public lottery system found 21 previously unreported lottery wins of $10,000 or more by retailers who sell tickets to the public, says an independent report released Thursday.
B.C. Solicitor General John Les, who ordered an independent probe of the lottery system last May, said the discovery did not point to fraud within the Crown-owned lottery corporation that raked in $2.4 billion in revenues in the 2007 fiscal year.
'There's not evidence per se ...
Nov 12, 2007, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery oversight meeting delayed
Update (Nov. 9, 2007, 11:18 am): See below for rescheduled date and time.
The Joint Lottery Oversight Committee in Tennessee, which was scheduled to meet this month to discuss the many problems recently plaguing the Tennessee Lottery, has been delayed.
The meeting was originally scheduled for November 26th.
According to a note sent by a co-chair's staff member, the delay is due to the fact that two ongoing audits have not yet been completed. Both audits will be discussed at the upcomin ...
Nov 8, 2007, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery CEO claims sales unhurt by numerous errors
Tennessee Lottery chief Rebecca Hargrove said Monday there's no sign that players have lost confidence despite a daily drawings computer glitch.
A July switch to computerized drawings had incorrectly prevented repeat numbers in the drawings until a programming error was fixed in August. The error meant that no winning draw included duplicate numerals, so any ticket holder who had bet on a number like 2-2-1 or 7-7-7-7 wasn't going to win.
But quarterly sales for Cash 3 tickets sales rose 5 ...
Oct 29, 2007, 11:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Employee hacks into online poker site
A leading Internet poker site said Friday that a hacker exploited a security flaw to gain an insurmountable edge in high-stakes, no-limit Texas holdem tournaments the ability to see his opponents' hole cards.
The cheater, whose illegitimate winnings were estimated at between $400,000 and $700,000 by one victim, was an employee of AbsolutePoker.com who hacked the system to show that it could be done, a spokesman for the company anonymously told a reporter.
This is literally a geek trying ...
Oct 25, 2007, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
W.C. store owner claims Lotto 6/49 jackpot
Lottery conducts 'mandatory investigation'
Many store owners dream of making a lot of money with their business.
Blair Knutson did it the unconventional way he bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket from the grocery store he owns in Gimli, Man.
The purchase made the owner of G C Grocery $16 million richer.
In case that raised any eyebrows, officials with the Western Canada Lottery Corp. quickly announced they have conducted a mandatory investigation and have determined Knutson is the rightfu ...
Oct 25, 2007, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
TENNESSEE LOTTERY MAY BE FORCED BACK TO REAL DRAWINGS
Updated Oct. 9, 2007, 12:58 am
Lawmaker eyes legislation to get rid of computer draws
'The integrity of our lottery drawings has been compromised in the minds of lottery players.'
One Tennessee state legislator could step into the latest Tennessee Lottery controversy, and solve it with one stroke of the pen.
House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower is looking to introduce legislation that would rid the lottery of computerized drawings.
He wants the drawings back to how they were, befo ...
Oct 9, 2007, 12:49 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery CEO claims recent errors didn't hurt sales
Lottery sponsor questions move to computerized drawings
Three recent mistakes made by the Tennessee Lottery have not hurt ticket sales, the lottery's president and CEO said, but the legislator who led the effort to create the lottery questions the lottery's move to computerized drawings.
At this point, sales in our products are up, so it hasn't had any impact that we can measure at all, Rebecca Hargrove said Wednesday. We're almost 4 years old, and we've had three incidences, which if t ...
Oct 7, 2007, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery: confusion not being cleared up
Lottery CEO not making audit intentions clear
The Tennessee Lottery is investigating a handful of glitches since changing the system for pulling winning numbers to a computer, but then again, are they really?
That's a question that nobody outside the lottery seems to know the answer to for sure.
State Senator Bill Ketron, the co-chair of the Lottery Oversight Committee, is calling for a complete audit of lottery procedures.
We want to go back and look at all the processes up till w ...
Oct 4, 2007, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum