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Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Less than a week after an Indiana TV station broke the story that the Hoosier Lottery overpaid for new offices, lottery officials are making some changes.  In a news conference Wednesday lottery officials admitted mistakes were made.

The Hoosier Lottery admits it did not follow state rules when it moved into a new multi-million dollar headquarters on Meridian Street.

The WTHR segment called "13 Investigates" first exposed the lottery's fancy new offices and that investigation is now prompting change. Lottery officials admit they overspent in decorating their new offices, and now they plan to get rid of some of the most costly amenities.

Last week 13 Investigates recorded video inside the lottery offices for the very first time, showing the lottery's many conference rooms filled with brand new furniture, a massive break room with $800 bar stools and flat screen TVs, and even a workout room worth brand new state-of-art equipment costing more than $25,000.

The lottery commission and the lottery director met with reporters to say they made an error in judgment by not closely watching their expenses.  Lottery officials say they did not follow rules set by the Department of Administration and as a result, the entire workout room is being closed down.

"It was an error in judgment and we'll take the necessary actions to get that back into compliance.  We're talking specifically about the workout room.  We'll either find other places to use that equipment or we'll sell that equipment.  We'll find an appropriate use for that space," said William Zielke, Hoosier Lottery Commission chairman.

Zielke says he wasn't even aware of some of the costly purchases made for the new offices until he saw them on television.

He says every purchase related to the move will now be scrutinized closely, something that commissioners admit had not been happening.  Who's responsible for all the elaborate amenities that ran up the bills for the new headquarters?

"The decision to make those purchases were made by Kathryn Densborn [the lottery's director] and/or her staff," said Zielke.

Earlier this month, Densborn proudly showed 13 Investigates around the new headquarters.  Wednesday, she looked much more serious as she answered questions about a workout gym that is being shut down and other costly purchases she made for the lottery's new offices.

"Would you say this was an error in judgment?" she was asked.

"Well, sure. I think I would. We're here today to say we're gonna fix," said Densborn.

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: October 6, 2011, 9:30 am - IP Logged

LOL.

Of course it was "an error in judgement" and they're going to fix it right away. Why? Because they got caught, that's why. Otherwise they'd have been fighting over who's hogging the Elliptical Himalaya Simulator.

 

But now it's time to point the finger at their fellow employees and say "She did it, not me!" "The decision to make those purchases were made by Kathryn Densborn [the lottery's director] and/or her staff," said Zielke. Ha, ha, like rats from a sinking ship.

 

"It was an error in judgment and we'll take the necessary actions to get that back into compliance.  We're talking specifically about the workout room.  We'll either find other places to use that equipment or we'll sell that equipment.  We'll find an appropriate use for that space," said William Zielke, Hoosier Lottery Commission chairman.

Ha ha, I love that line! "We'll find other places to use that equipment..."  What the hell does that accomplish? Where ya gonna use it, at home? Some other government hack's office complex? The problem was the unmitigated gall you had in buying that equipment - not where you're going to use it!

I bet those $800 barstools would look good in your Mancave though.

But seriously, I know somebody who's trying to dump a $49,000 Mercedes Sprinter Van if you wanna make a trade.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

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    Posted: October 6, 2011, 9:41 am - IP Logged

    Government IS the problem ............. almost every time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stooges ............. this is Government & public employees at work !

    Good luck to all in Saturday's Powermillions !  Thumbs Up

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      Posted: October 6, 2011, 10:07 am - IP Logged

      WOW, wonder what other perks they gave themselves ?

      Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

      For a lead role in a cage?

       

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        Astekblue's avatar - Tarlor
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        Posted: October 6, 2011, 10:24 am - IP Logged

        LOL.

        Of course it was "an error in judgement" and they're going to fix it right away. Why? Because they got caught, that's why. Otherwise they'd have been fighting over who's hogging the Elliptical Himalaya Simulator.

         

        But now it's time to point the finger at their fellow employees and say "She did it, not me!" "The decision to make those purchases were made by Kathryn Densborn [the lottery's director] and/or her staff," said Zielke. Ha, ha, like rats from a sinking ship.

         

        "It was an error in judgment and we'll take the necessary actions to get that back into compliance.  We're talking specifically about the workout room.  We'll either find other places to use that equipment or we'll sell that equipment.  We'll find an appropriate use for that space," said William Zielke, Hoosier Lottery Commission chairman.

        Ha ha, I love that line! "We'll find other places to use that equipment..."  What the hell does that accomplish? Where ya gonna use it, at home? Some other government hack's office complex? The problem was the unmitigated gall you had in buying that equipment - not where you're going to use it!

        I bet those $800 barstools would look good in your Mancave though.

        But seriously, I know somebody who's trying to dump a $49,000 Mercedes Sprinter Van if you wanna make a trade.

        I Agree!                     

         

         

        Very   well   said     Ridge

         

        I cant say it better than  that

         

        Those same lines you  highlighted  jumped out  at  me also  when I  read  the   article

         

         

        I dont  think I will eat  breakfast this  morning.........I  dont  know  if  I  could  keep it  down or not........

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          LOL.

          Of course it was "an error in judgement" and they're going to fix it right away. Why? Because they got caught, that's why. Otherwise they'd have been fighting over who's hogging the Elliptical Himalaya Simulator.

           

          But now it's time to point the finger at their fellow employees and say "She did it, not me!" "The decision to make those purchases were made by Kathryn Densborn [the lottery's director] and/or her staff," said Zielke. Ha, ha, like rats from a sinking ship.

           

          "It was an error in judgment and we'll take the necessary actions to get that back into compliance.  We're talking specifically about the workout room.  We'll either find other places to use that equipment or we'll sell that equipment.  We'll find an appropriate use for that space," said William Zielke, Hoosier Lottery Commission chairman.

          Ha ha, I love that line! "We'll find other places to use that equipment..."  What the hell does that accomplish? Where ya gonna use it, at home? Some other government hack's office complex? The problem was the unmitigated gall you had in buying that equipment - not where you're going to use it!

          I bet those $800 barstools would look good in your Mancave though.

          But seriously, I know somebody who's trying to dump a $49,000 Mercedes Sprinter Van if you wanna make a trade.

          I Agree! I couldn't agree more.Typical government employees don't have a clue.Fire the whole <snip> bunch of them!

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            Posted: October 6, 2011, 11:24 am - IP Logged

            This is a darn shame, when they  make it hard for us lottery players to win, they ned to give back to the players not be greedie,, shame  shame  val8

            LET's get paid$$$$ money rollYes Nod

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              Posted: October 6, 2011, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

              I like the way Zielke threw Densborn under the bus!!! That was so priceless the look on her face when he dimed her out!  Yes, government officials aren't the best economizers.  If given a budget, most government agencies look for ways to blow through that money.  Buying items at inflated prices and occupying a space too large for needs...classic government waste.  I also recall a certain someone who said HE would scrutinize every line item on budgets presented by Congress.  We know that hasn't happened either.  Government, smovernment...I think people who are responsible for mistakes like this should have their pay docked.  That is not an outrageous thing.  For example, if a Navy ship captain's ship runs aground or collides with anything, that person loses command of that vessel and their career in the Navy is over.  Thanks for coming and serving, now have a nice day.  I wonder what the repercussions are for this lady?  Enquiring minds want to know.  If she just got embarrassed, I don't see how this would prevent this sort of thing from happening on such a grand scale again.

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                Posted: October 6, 2011, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                Jack-in-the-Boxlast year $ 507 Million was awarded to players and paid to retailers, and $ 190 Million was generated for Hoosiers . Etthan Allen  and a couple of sporting store  nap there is only one thing need to change the $800 barstools . It really great that they findly moved from the old building and area hope they more public parking in this new place . since they rarely change any thing in these offices for decades and only half the gym equipment  should go  back not all of it . We've tried to promote good health habits in the school childen in Ind. They could use the equipment  to set a good example for the kid. Being at I hail from Ind. Not one time did I believe they waste the money . That new furniture in them  offices was way over due. it will be maybe  another 25 years before anything new in these offices. Yes , I still play in Ind. lottery.

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                  Posted: October 6, 2011, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

                  This particular article doesn't mention it but there is a total est of 83 employees working in that headquarters and I doubt all of them go into work at the same time. Excessiveness would be an understatement.

                  Hoosier Lottery should covert to an education-fund lottery so we don't have this kind of nonsense.

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                    Posted: October 6, 2011, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

                    What's really fascinating is how I've seen articles about soaring profits with lotteries that solely use RNG.....why not use the big bucks and buy ping pong ball hoppers  and give the people what they wantConfused....I have a hard time believing a lottery agency can't afford to draw balls from their own building.

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                      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                      What's really fascinating is how I've seen articles about soaring profits with lotteries that solely use RNG.....why not use the big bucks and buy ping pong ball hoppers  and give the people what they wantConfused....I have a hard time believing a lottery agency can't afford to draw balls from their own building.

                      Roger that! Thumbs Up


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

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                        Posted: October 6, 2011, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

                        Salutation is let's all stop buy lottery tickets...thought so...

                                                                                  Pure luck

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                          What's really fascinating is how I've seen articles about soaring profits with lotteries that solely use RNG.....why not use the big bucks and buy ping pong ball hoppers  and give the people what they wantConfused....I have a hard time believing a lottery agency can't afford to draw balls from their own building.

                          I Agree!

                          Fantastic comment!

                           

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                            Posted: October 8, 2011, 3:59 am - IP Logged

                            Lets hope Channel 13 Investigation stays on top of this story.  They need to do monthly followup stories.  This is the EXACT type of story that needs to be in the news weekly to help keep ALL government employees and officials 'wary' about  what they are doing

                            But this raises another question - 'Why didn't someone who WORKS in the building question this?'  Maybe they are the ones that tipped off the news channel?