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Former Texas Lottery employee investigated for storing personal information at home

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Authorities are investigating a former employee of the Texas Lottery Commission who illegally had the personal information of some employees, lottery winners and retailers stored on a home computer.

The criminal investigation, which started about three weeks ago, involves the Texas comptroller's office and the Travis County district attorney's office, lottery spokesman Bobby Heith said.

He declined to give other details, saying he didn't want to jeopardize the investigation. The employee at one point worked at the Texas comptroller's office, which is why that agency is involved.

Lottery winners and other employees are being notified, some just this week, about the fact that their personal information — which includes driver's license and Social Security numbers — could be compromised.

Mr. Heith declined to say how many people might be affected or how long the commission had known about the incident before they started notifying people.

A news release by the agency Thursday said "certain TLC employees, certain licensed retailers, and certain prize winners" could be affected.

A Texas Lottery watchdog began hearing from lottery commission employees Wednesday after a staff meeting in which employees were told of the incident and warned to check their credit reports to see whether their information had been used.

The commission issued its public statement the following afternoon.

Assistant District Attorney Beverly Matthews said the Travis County district attorney started its investigation about three weeks ago.

AP

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Posted: September 12, 2008, 8:46 am - IP Logged

Group HugI think it's wrong to hold the lottery official-I don't see any problem with a person keeping certain informations in his/her office.But Many people believe that this is wrong-but it has no problem at all.

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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    Posted: September 12, 2008, 11:17 am - IP Logged

    Group HugI think it's wrong to hold the lottery official-I don't see any problem with a person keeping certain informations in his/her office.But Many people believe that this is wrong-but it has no problem at all.

    He had this information on his home computer. There is no reason why an former employee should have personal information of other employees, lottery winners and retailers on their home computers.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

      Sandra Dee's avatar - dandy
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      Posted: September 12, 2008, 11:18 am - IP Logged

      Group HugI think it's wrong to hold the lottery official-I don't see any problem with a person keeping certain informations in his/her office.But Many people believe that this is wrong-but it has no problem at all.

      please tell me you're kidding, right? any employee is NOT allowed to take home personal information about winners or anything regarding the lottery [i don't even think they're allowed to play] back home ... that's the price you pay for working in that establishment .. and that is a total breach of personal property and trust ... i don't know about kenya, but here in america this is a justifiable investigation and hopefully a CHARGE!!

      Mad

        wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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        Posted: September 12, 2008, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

        This is just wrong, wrong, WRONG

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          Posted: September 16, 2008, 10:30 am - IP Logged

          It wasn't found on a home computer, it was found on a state computer.

          Media exaggerated on that important note.

            JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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            Posted: September 16, 2008, 10:31 am - IP Logged

            Crazy!!!!!!

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              Posted: September 19, 2008, 10:32 am - IP Logged

              I got my letter yesterday.  I won $600 2 years ago. I was shocked.  I will do a fraud alert after I look at my credit report. For all I know this employee could have sold it to others.