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
Some Oregon lottery tickets printed with wrong date
By Todd Northrop
Oregon residents who purchased Powerball lottery tickets over the weekend will want to double check the draw dates after a computer glitch caused some tickets to misstate which date the winning numbers will be drawn, lottery officials said Tuesday.
Advance 24-draw quick-pick Powerball tickets printed between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 12 listed incorrect dates for the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws, the lottery said in a statement. While the dates on the tickets are o ...
Aug 15, 2019, 8:30 am - 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
Details emerge about CT Lottery CEO secretly recording board chairman in 2014
More 'dirty laundry' revealed by botched raffle draw investigation
Connecticut Lottery Corp. Vice President Chelsea Turner testified Tuesday that around 2014, she and then-lottery CEO Anne Noble had such suspicions about Frank Farricker, then chairman of the lottery's governing board, that she contacted an agent she knew in the FBI which then had Noble record Farricker secretly in at least one meeting.
The small recording device was concealed inside an eyeglass case, Turner testified under ...
Jul 12, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Former security chief grilled by CT Lottery lawyer at hearing
Fallout from 2018 botched raffle draw continues
A hearing on an ex-lottery official's whistleblower complaint grew heated Wednesday over the question of why a Connecticut Lottery Corp. drawing team entered the wrong numbers into a computerized random number generator on Jan. 1, 2018, in a million-dollar blunder that required a do-over drawing two weeks later and has never stopped causing trouble since.
Wednesday's heat arose from lottery lawyer Jim Shea's cross-examination of Alfred DuPuis ...
Apr 4, 2019, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
NM Lottery Pick 4 computerized drawing glitch made many tickets worthless
Players can get a refund IF they held onto losing tickets
By Todd Northrop
When the New Mexico Lottery introduced its latest lottery draw game, Pick 4, in early February, players had no idea that many of the tickets they purchased were completely worthless with no chance of winning.
That's because the game's computerized drawings were incorrectly programmed, making combinations with repeat digits impossible to be drawn. Only combinations in which every digit was different were able to b ...
Feb 21, 2019, 7:25 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery chief questioned by lawmakers over mishaps, computerized drawings
By Jon Lender
State lawmakers grilled Connecticut Lottery Corp. officials Thursday at a legislative hearing about long-running controversies including their alleged retaliation against former lottery security chief Alfred W. DuPuis, who says he was the victim of a vendetta for raising questions in 2015 about the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash game, and their alleged lack of cooperation with the state Department of Consumer Protection that regulates them.
On top of that, Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-We ...
Jan 25, 2019, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
DC Lottery to payout $127K for reporting wrong winning numbers
The D.C. Lottery says it is paying out tens of thousands of dollars to people who have losing tickets after the lottery reported the wrong winning numbers due to human error.
The mistake is limited to the evening drawings of the DC-2, DC-3, DC-4 and DC-5 games on Dec. 12, 2018.
According to data provided by D.C. Lottery, 773 losing tickets were designated as winning because of the error. The total winnings for those tickets is $127,505. As of Tuesday, 443 of the tickets had been redeemed ...
Jan 11, 2019, 8:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Swiss lotto draw chaos denies jackpot winner million
A Swiss man won a million and then lost it on Saturday, when a televised Swiss lotto draw went chaotically wrong.
For Andreas B rkli it would have been a lottery dream come true, when his name was pulled out of a drum and announced by German singer Herbert Gr nemeyer.
Swiss public TV channel SRF apologised after declaring him the winner, explaining that a mistake had been made due to technical problems.
A new draw will be made and the winner will find out after Christmas.
Swiss websi ...
Jan 1, 2019, 10:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska woman told her winning lottery ticket is a dud
Connie Johnson got one of the very first scratch-off cards for the Nebraska Lottery's new Christmas game, Holiday Bonus Bucks.
In fact, the lady at Russ's Market, where Johnson goes to get prescriptions filled, hadn't even opened the packets for the new lottery game.
Have you got anything new? Johnson asked. The woman opened the new game tickets.
Johnson bought four of them, drove home, did a little house work, then sat down and scratched one.
It said I won $1,000!
Johnson was ...
Nov 26, 2018, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum