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GTECH may enter supreme court hearings
A former Texas lottery official, who claimed that then-Gov. George W. Bush's desire to cover up his National Guard record helped steer decisions about a key lottery contract, said he wants to talk to senators about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' possible role in that effort. If I were to be subpoenaed to come to the thing, I would come, said Lawrence Littwin, who filed a lawsuit after he was fired as the lottery's executive director in 1997. I would say the committee, I think, would be i
Oct 5, 2005, 11:57 am - Lottery News

Former Texas Lottery Director is Bush's Pick for Supreme Court
Harriet Miers proved to be a tough, no-nonsense administrator during her five years heading the Texas Lottery Commission, firing two executive directors to stamp out scandal but leaving unexpectedly amid lagging sales and player interest.President Bush tapped Miers on Monday for the Supreme Court, a nomination that prompted closer scrutiny of Miers' years in Texas as a private attorney, a member of the Dallas City Council and chairwoman of the three-member commission that oversees the state's lo
Oct 3, 2005, 3:07 pm - Lottery News

GTECH makes political donation days after gambling contract awarded
Six days after winning a state contract, the company Pennsylvania chose to run its computer system for slot machines gave $50,000 to a national nonprofit that raises money for Democratic governors including Gov. Ed Rendell, the group's finance chair.GTECH, a Rhode Island lottery company, has given $481,267 to the Democratic Governors' Association since 2000, according to a political watchdog group. But the payment March 8 had nothing to do with the $6.3 million a year contract announced by the
Sep 22, 2005, 11:18 am - Lottery News

Anti-lottery group considers legal challenge to N.C. Lottery
There might yet be a legal fight over the new North Carolina lottery.A spokesman for Citizens United Against the Lottery, a coalition formed to fight its creation, said Monday that the group is weighing a lawsuit challenging how the lottery was approved. It's in distinct consideration, said Bob Rosser, a spokesman for the group, whose board includes former legislator Chuck Neely, former UNC system presidents Bill Friday and C.D. Spangler Jr., and Capitol Broadcasting Co. chief Jim Goodmon. We
Sep 20, 2005, 8:50 pm - Lottery News

Lottery vendors will fight for N.C. lottery business
Before North Carolina's lottery starts early next year, a handful of companies will jockey to win one of the state's biggest payouts: a lucrative contract to run the games.The organization of the state's lottery is still in its early stages, following the General Assembly's approval late last month. But the six major companies that operate lotteries around the globe are already salivating at the prospect of supplying North Carolina with gaming equipment, software and expertise.North Carolina rep
Sep 12, 2005, 7:30 am - Lottery News

Calif. lottery director resigns
Chon Gutierrez, a longtime state official who has headed the California Lottery and the Department of Motor Vehicles, announced his retirement Thursday after more than 34 years in state government.In a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gutierrez, 60, said he was stepping down immediately from his current post as acting lottery director. From my perspective, how is the perfect time for me to finally retire, he said in a statement.Gutierrez was director of the lottery from 1987 to 1991. He ha
Aug 25, 2005, 9:43 pm - Lottery News

Calif. lottery director to resign
Acting California Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez is resigning amid controversy created by Democrat lawmakers over the legality of California's recent entrance into the multi-state Mega Millions lotto game.Gutierrez, who recently served as a Schwarzenegger administration troubleshooter on government reorganization, told his top staff members that he was going on vacation and then would retire after 34 years of state service in various capacities under multiple administrations.Aides to Gov. Arnol
Aug 25, 2005, 2:12 pm - Lottery News

Redundant Mega Millions lottery bill passes Calif. Senate Committee
A Senate committee, on a bipartisan vote, approved a measure Tuesday to legalize California's participation in Mega Millions lotto without the testimony of lottery officials who maintain the multi-state game is already legal. They had the audacity not to show up, said Sen. Dean Florez, a Bakersfield-area Democrat who authored the bill.A group that opposes gambling expansion has filed a lawsuit that alleges Mega Millions participation violates the voter-approved constitutional amendment that t
Aug 17, 2005, 7:09 pm - Lottery News

Schwarzenegger to replace Calif. lottery director
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's aides said Tuesday that he is dumping troubleshooter Chon Gutierrez, the acting lottery director who engineered California's participation with the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game, and then sent an adviser to spy on Democrats who are trying to halt ticket sales.Democrat lawmakers and an anti-gambling group that sued the lottery took a break from their political bombardment of the Republican governor and hailed his decision.The governor's office has
Jul 28, 2005, 2:15 pm - Lottery News

Disabled players sue Virginia Lottery
Roger Winborne thought he was in luck recently when he found a winning $3 lottery ticket while walking his dog.So he drove around Salem trying to find a convenience store where he could redeem the scratch-off ticket.Winborne's luck ran out when he discovered that at least three stores in the area did not have a handicap-accessible parking space or access ramp.Winborne, 51, and three other disabled Virginians filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Virginia Lottery for allowing such businesses to s
Jul 27, 2005, 9:51 pm - Lottery News