Steve Geissinger, the Sacramento bureau chief for ANG Newspapers, received a national award Friday night from the Association of Capital Reporters and Editors for coverage of California's controversial entrance into the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.
Geissinger won third place. The association is composed of journalists from the capitals of all 50 states.
Early last year Geissinger began writing more than two dozen lottery stories, which also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News and other sister MediaNews Group papers in Southern and Northern California.
The articles triggered a lawsuit and judge's ruling that is forcing the state to make changes in Mega Millions to prevent loss of funds to its beneficiary, public education. It also prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration to fire the lottery director and two other top lottery officials and inspired pending lottery-reform legislation.
Geissinger's reports included the story of a lottery official impersonating a reporter at a news conference on the lawsuit, filed by an anti-gambling expansion group.