California Lottery under fire for giving away $212,500 in Scratchers on 'Ellen'
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres drew wild cheers from the studio audience of her television talk show in December when she announced each person in attendance would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery.
Lottery officials saw it as a publicity boon, but a whistleblower complaint filed by some lottery employees argues the agency's giveaway of the tickets which have a combined face value of $212,500 should be investigated as a misuse of funds, according to docum ...
Feb 6, 2020, 5:32 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery director resigns amid investigations
California State Lottery Director Hugo Lopez is stepping down immediately, he announced in an email to lottery staff on Friday.
Lopez has led the department since 2015. It's been under scrutiny from the Department of Justice and the State Controller's Office since August, when anonymous employees sent a letter to former Gov. Jerry Brown's office alleging misconduct among senior executives at sales conferences.
Lopez in his message said he was proud of the department's performance, particul ...
Jun 10, 2019, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery board adopts rules on ethics and records
The governing board for the upcoming Mississippi Lottery is setting rules for ethics and public records.
It is also taking steps to hire bankers to provide financial services and a person to run day-to-day operations.
Mississippi is one of the last states to create a lottery after legislators voted to do so in August, partly as a way to provide money to pay for roads and bridges.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant nominated the five lottery corporation board members several months ago, and th ...
Apr 16, 2019, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery official dismissed amid investigations
A senior California Lottery executive has been dismissed from his position six months after anonymous state employees sent a letter to the Governor's Office complaining about rowdy behavior among a group of the lottery's top brass.
Deputy Director of Sales James David Cole's dismissal comes amid ongoing investigations into hiring practices and alleged misconduct by senior lottery executives during a 2016 sales conference.
Cole was notified Feb. 1 that his employment would be officially ter ...
Mar 26, 2019, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
After bawdy photos, California Lottery workers demand resignations
Five veteran Lottery employees on Thursday demanded that senior department executives resign amid investigations into hiring practices and alleged misconduct on a work-related trip two years ago.
They addressed the state Lottery Commission one month after an anonymous writer sent a letter to officials in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration that included pictures of senior Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California bar. It also included anecdotes describing disparaging treatment of emp ...
Sep 21, 2018, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery cancels sales meeting in aftermath of rowdy party photos
The California Lottery is postponing a planned sales conference in the wake of an anonymous employee's recent complaint to Gov. Jerry Brown about senior leaders behaving inappropriately at a Southern California bar two years ago.
The department on Tuesday announced that it's delaying the conference while it retools some of the training it intended to offer to focus on human resources and nondiscrimination policies.
The conference was expected to take place next week in Sacramento.
Aug 15, 2018, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery officials seen in bawdy photos sent to governor
A package of bawdy photos allegedly showing senior state Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California piano bar, with one image showing an official putting his head up a woman's shirt, was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's office last week in an appeal from an anonymous employee urging the administration to investigate the department.
Brown's office late Thursday said he is asking the attorney general's office to look into the letter and the attached photos.
The contents of the letter ar ...
Aug 10, 2018, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Former CT Lottery chief pays $11,000 in fines, givebacks
Frank Farricker, the former chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Commission's board of directors will pay a $5,000 penalty and an additional $6,300 restitution to the state as part of a settlement over improper benefits he received while acting president and CEO of the Lottery.
In a consent order announced Thursday by the Office of State Ethics, Farricker gave back money he had previously claimed for internet services at his home, high-definition cable TV with HBO and regional sports, personal ...
Oct 13, 2017, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Former Pa. Gov. tied to consultants on lottery privatization
As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett considers whether to hand the reins of the state lottery over to a British company, he's been getting advice from a firm with ties to his predecessor.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell is a senior adviser to Greenhill Partners, which stands to make millions if Corbett signs off on a private management agreement with the North American subsidiary of The Camelot Group, which runs the National Lottery in the United Kingdom.
Corbett has until at least Monday to decide whe ...
Dec 27, 2012, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. lottery retailer loses license after 'discounting' ticket
The New Jersey Lottery Commission has levied a $10,000 fine and permanently revoked the license held by Super Gold Deli on Morris Street in Morristown, New Jersey, to sell scratch-offs and online tickets.
Both Super Gold, a cigar and convenience store, and the affiliated Gold's Co. cannot sell lottery tickets because an employee admittedly discounted a winning ticket for a customer, Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said Monday.
Discounting refers to a retailer offering a patron l ...
Jun 7, 2011, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum