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Ex-lottery employee claims bias complaint led to firing
A former Texas Lottery employee who was fired in June shortly after receiving an excellent performance evaluation has sued the $3.5 billion agency, claiming she was fired because she complained about national origin discrimination. Former administrative assistant Cynthia Suarez, who is Hispanic, claimed in the lawsuit filed Thursday that the lottery's human resources director often criticized, belittled and yelled at her in a hostile and belligerent manner. She also claimed she was deni
Jan 31, 2006, 8:15 am - Lottery News

Tenn. Lottery forced to reveal harassment records
Records made public yesterday by a Nashville judge indicated that sexual harassment led to the firing of Steve Adams, the former No. 2 official at the Tennessee Lottery.Before the decision in the lawsuit brought by The NashvillePost.com, the nature of the workplace harassment was unclear. The document, a Jan. 5 letter that Adams received, confirmed the reason for his termination as the lottery's chief administrative officer. We can't operate in an environment where our employees or vendors are a
Jan 19, 2006, 8:00 am - Lottery News

Online newspaper sues Tenn. Lottery for records access
An online newspaper filed suit Monday against the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. to demand records associated with a harassment investigation.NashvillePost.com cited the state's open records law in seeking all documents pertaining to an internal investigation that led to the forced departure of Steve Adams as the lottery's chief administrative officer.Lottery officials have refused requests from several news organizations for details or records in the case, citing attorney-client privilege.At
Jan 10, 2006, 8:45 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery will start on schedule, director says
Officials charged with starting a lottery in North Carolina said yesterday that they hope to award two major contracts by Feb. 2, despite a lawsuit intended to stop them.The officials also said they will soon contract with the state's Alcohol Law Enforcement Division to provide agents to screen lottery retailers. We're developing momentum in getting this going, said Charles Sanders, the former Glaxo chairman who heads the N.C. Lottery Commission.Officials have set April 5 as the target date to
Jan 9, 2006, 11:00 am - Lottery News

N.C. anti-lottery trying to halt all progress on games
An anti-lottery legal foundation wants a judge to prevent the North Carolina Education Lottery from doing any work while a lawsuit challenging the lottery's passage in the Legislature is heard.In a filing late Friday in Wake County Superior Court, Robert Orr with the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law filed a motion asking a judge to order the lottery commission to stop operating for now.The proposed preliminary injunction also would keep state officials from loaning the commission
Jan 2, 2006, 10:24 am - Lottery News

Man sues S.C. Lottery, claiming the state is misleading ticket buyers
A Charleston County, South Carolina, man has sued the state lottery for fraud, claiming false advertising caused him to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for prizes already claimed.Pete Cuming filed the lawsuit one week after a state audit revealed the lottery, in a single year, sold nearly $20 million worth of tickets in 16 scratch-off games after all the contests' top prizes were awarded. His lawyers are seeking class action status, saying the millions of dollars represent thousands of misled ti
Dec 30, 2005, 6:26 am - Lottery News

A look back at the North Carolina lottery in 2005
After a more than 20-year battle, lawmakers needed a tie-breaker to finally pass their lottery bill. When they got it, opponents quickly cried out. I think we have one senator at home recently being hospitalized in bed we have another one who is on his honeymoon because he postponed it, said N.C. Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie.But N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, a long time lottery supporter, praised the new state game. Today I sign the North Carolina Education Lottery Bill and today we begin building one N
Dec 28, 2005, 9:48 am - Lottery News

Wealthiest schools lose out in Okla. Lottery
Eight public school districts aren't receiving any of the $75 million allocated to common education this year from Oklahoma's lottery and racetrack/tribal casino laws.The reason: The schools are considered independently rich from local taxes on property and oil and gas production.That means those districts must use local money exclusively to fund teacher pay raises and full-day kindergarten, the two main programs Gov. Brad Henry cited in lauding the state's gambling partnership.Several other dis
Dec 26, 2005, 11:39 am - Lottery News

SoCal man sues to get share of $315 million lottery jackpot
A medical lab technician has sued seven co-workers who shared a $315 million Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot, claiming he deserves a share of the money.Jonathan De La Cruz says he had always been part of the group when they bought lottery tickets but was off work the day they bought the winning ticket. His Orange County Superior Court lawsuit contends the group had an oral agreement that everyone would be included whenever they pooled their money to buy tickets.The winners - six lab te
Dec 16, 2005, 10:03 am - Lottery News

Group sues to stop N.C. lottery
North Carolina's state lottery would be declared illegal and work on the game would stop if a lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court on Thursday is successful.The suit claims the House and Senate circumvented requirements set forth in the state constitution when members of both houses voted on the lottery law this year.The N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, a Raleigh-based group that sued to stop state economic incentive payments to Dell, filed the lottery suit on behalf of several clie
Dec 16, 2005, 7:41 am - Lottery News