Lottery scammers steal $1.2 million from one victim
Crook receives six years in prison for crimes of conspiracy and fraud
By Kate Northrop
After stealing over $1 million from one single victim, the leader of a ring of Jamaican scam artists was sentenced Friday to almost six years in prison.
Like any typical scammer, Stieve Fernandez, 35, spent his time deceiving vulnerable individuals and robbing elderly targets of their life savings as part of a high-functioning underground network of lottery fraudsters.
Fernandez was said to h ...
Jul 12, 2021, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals
Connecticut's newest instant game is so popular, lottery terminals can't keep up
By Kate Northrop
The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down.
Fast Play, the Lottery's newest instant game, was launched about a month ago. Since then, the game has attracted players across the state and generated about $5 million in sales. In fact, the game has received so much attention, that lottery terminals at retailers and the ...
Aug 17, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum
In reversal, CT Lottery approves $205K settlement in whistleblower case filed by ex-security chief
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. reversed itself Thursday and approved a legal settlement that it had spurned last month with one of its former top officials, who had claimed in a long-running human rights complaint and a lawsuit that he'd suffered retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems at the CLC dating back five years.
In voting 8-2 to pay $205,000 to former lottery security chief Alfred DuPuis, the CLC's board of directors closed the book on one of several lingering legal disputes th ...
Jun 14, 2020, 9:49 am - Lottery News forum
$205K settlement reached, then rejected, in CT Lottery whistleblower case
Old disputes die hard at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. Here is the story of one of them.
A bitter legal dispute between the CLC and one of its former top officials was on the verge of being resolved 2 months ago. The opposing parties signed off March 10 on truce terms ranging from a $205,000 settlement price down to the exact wording of a script that would be read to any news reporter who asked about the case.
Signing a sheet of paper outlining the settlement terms were lottery CEO Greg Sm ...
May 22, 2020, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery moving operations after employee tests positive for COVID-19
A Connecticut Lottery Corp. employee who had been self-isolating at home has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting lottery officials to announce they are temporarily moving operations from the lottery's Rocky Hill headquarters to a backup facility they declined to identify.
The move is effective Thursday.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Rocky Hill location will be closed for deep cleaning following today's notice of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, the lottery announced We ...
Apr 2, 2020, 1:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut man cashes in $21.3M lottery ticket
Connecticut's newest millionaire came forward Tuesday, cashing in a Lotto ticket worth a cool $21,365,302.
William McLaughlin, of Danbury, claimed the top prize at Connecticut Lottery's headquarters in Rocky Hill.
He purchased the $1 Lotto ticket, with winning numbers 1-9-10-15-41-43, at the Stop Shop on Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury.
McLaughlin's six-number match was worth $25.8 million the third-largest Lotto jackpot in the state's history.
Because McLaughlin took a Cash Lump Su ...
Nov 13, 2019, 9:11 pm - Lottery News forum
British pro gambler took aim at $25.8M CT Lotto jackpot, buying hundreds of thousands of tickets
Lottery officials monitored everything as it happened
Good afternoon, Pete. Just letting you know that we have been monitoring the sales of an individual who is spending an enormous amount of money on the lotto game.
That's what Mark Walerysiak, the security director at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC), wrote in an email on Oct. 28 to Peter Hsieh, the gaming division director for the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).
The email was the beginning of an intriguing yarn ab ...
Nov 8, 2019, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery workers 'getting the job done' despite agency upheaval
Editorial by Rob Raczka and Mark Negralle
As state employees and union stewards at the beleaguered Connecticut Lottery Corporation, we will be the first to tell you it's extraordinarily difficult to work in an environment described by our colleagues in an internal survey as fear-based, toxic and North Korea-like.
It angers us that controversy and scandal have tainted our agency and generated a seemingly endless stream of news stories exposing the questionable practices of some senior mana ...
Sep 1, 2019, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery CEO refuses to testify as to why official was placed on leave
Hearing officer responds, 'If I had the power... I would put him in contempt'
By Jon Lender
President/CEO Gregory Smith of the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) repeatedly refused last week to say why he placed CLC Vice President Chelsea Turner on paid administrative leave July 15 from her $190,000-a-year job under a state personnel regulation that provides for investigation of alleged serious misconduct which could constitute just cause for dismissal.
What was the reason that she was p ...
Aug 21, 2019, 6:11 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery quiet as uncomfortable allegations pile up
For a moment it looked like some meaningful information might be released to the public this week about the latest upheaval at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) this time in the form of an order Monday that lottery Vice President Chelsea Turner be placed on an indefinite leave, six days after disclosing in sworn testimony that she contacted the FBI in about 2014 with suspicions of wrongdoing by a superior.
But it hasn't turned out that way.
The CLC's board of directors scheduled a specia ...
Jul 19, 2019, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum