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Texas Lottery Whistleblower Fired

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The scandal embroiling the Texas Lottery Commission over inflated jackpot estimates intensified Wednesday when top agency officials acknowledged firing a colleague who only days earlier warned ticket sales would fall short of advertised amounts.

Mike Fernandez, the commission's administrator, called "horrendous" the timing of the dismissal of Lee Deviney, the agency's chief financial officer.

But he denied there was any connection between Deviney's firing and an e-mail Deviney sent his superiors less than two weeks earlier in which he warned of a shortfall and suggested the agency reconsider the procedures it uses to calculate jackpot amounts.

The chairman of the House agency that oversees the Lottery Commission was visibly miffed.

"It seemed like Deviney was the only active member saying, 'We've gone too far,' the only one raising red flags," said Rep. Kino "Kinky" Flores, D-Mission, who heads the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.

Deviney could not be reached for comment.

Lottery officials have taken a pounding since it was revealed that the $3.5 billion-a-year agency on four occasions, including twice this month, inflated the advertised jackpots amounts by as much as $1.8 million.

On Wednesday, lotto commission Chairman Thomas Clowe testified the agency had deceived and misled the public and vowed to change procedures.

He blamed the deception on the agency's executive director, Reagan Greer, a former Bexar County district clerk. He did not say whether he would seek Greer's resignation.

Another official, Robert Tirloni, a manager, said he and Greer both knew the $8 million advertised grand prize jackpot for the June 11 drawing would fall short about $1.5 million in ticket sales.

Denying he intended to mislead anyone, Greer later called Tirloni "wrong."

He told commissioners he "made a mistake" by relying almost exclusively on staff recommendations.

Last week, Greer told lottery commissioners he approved inflated jackpots to entice more people to play the game at a time when fewer people were playing it.

No one won the jackpot on the four occasions when the jackpot was overstated.

Earlier this week, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, introduced legislation that would subject the Lottery Commission to deceptive trade laws.

It's not clear if Gov. Rick Perry would allow it to be considered during the 30-day special session.

San Antonio Express

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Posted: June 30, 2005, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

they denied there was any connection.....thats absurd.its the reason he was fired.....Leaving

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    Posted: June 30, 2005, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

    Mike Fernandez, the commission's administrator, called "horrendous" the timing of the dismissal of Lee Deviney, the agency's chief financial officer.

    But he denied there was any connection between Deviney's firing and an e-mail Deviney sent his superiors less than two weeks earlier in which he warned of a shortfall and suggested the agency reconsider the procedures it uses to calculate jackpot amounts.

    No way of knowing why he was fired.  The public probably can't expect Mike Fernandez to say,

    "Wayullll, yeah.  We fired him because he wasn't a team player.  We fired him because he wasn't riding for the brand.  We fired him because he was saying things we couldn't afford to hear and still keep our deniability intact. 

    "If this thing happened to blow up in our faces we needed his silence so we could use him for a patsy, hang him out to dry.  Blame it on him.

    "If a man's not willing to take responsibility, we don't need him."

    Whatever the official reason for firing him, I'm betting it wasn't more serious than what the guys who fired him are accused of.

    Jack

     


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      Posted: July 2, 2005, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

      I've been fired myself.

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        Posted: July 2, 2005, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

        I've been fired myself.

        That comes as a shock.

        Jack

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          Posted: July 2, 2005, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

          Jack, can you hear me laughing from there?  LOL

           

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            Posted: July 6, 2005, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

            This is just another example of how the Lottery does business.  You have to go along to get along at the Lottery.  They tell their employees at every available opportunity that they are "At Will" employees.  In other words, if you do or say something that doesn't jive with the good ole' boy line of thinking, your "at will" butt is gone.  Of course, your records will say "terminated for cause", and something will be automagically put in your files.  It's just scandalous, and I hope the media rapes the Lottery to bring this all to the forefront, getting rid of all that stinks.


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              Posted: July 11, 2005, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

              I still think the MA and NY lotteries are just as corrupt (if not more).

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                Posted: July 28, 2005, 3:41 am - IP Logged

                you might be right.....who knows?