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
Florida Lottery admits error, winner collects two years later
Includes video report
A Florida man finally has his lottery prize after a local media investigation exposed a state error.
I can't believe I have the money, Joel Strickland of Winter Haven said.
When Strickland won $1,000 in the lottery in 2017, state officials seized the money, saying he owed the state $5,300 to settle an old unemployment fraud claim.
Strickland insisted there was an error and that he didn't owe anything, but the state's case was closed. Officials not only took his ...
Aug 26, 2019, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
DoJ files notice of appeal against New Hampshire Wire Act ruling
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a notice of appeal following the decision in June by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) in the long-awaited ruling on last year's revised opinion of the Wire Act by the DoJ.
The notice of appeal reads: Please take notice that all Defendants (the United States of America; the United States Department of Justice; and William Barr, in his official capacity ...
Aug 22, 2019, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Will R.I. Lottery win or lose in $1 billion IGT contract battle?
Is it a wise move that would keep more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in Rhode Island or just the latest example of a you gotta know a guy back-room deal?
Is the lottery giant IGT as Rhode Island as Del's lemonade or as British as Big Ben?
In short, is the proposed no-bid, $1-billion, 20-year extension of IGT's current 20-year gambling technology contract a solid win for the Rhode Island economy or an ill-advised sweetheart deal ?
As state lawmakers prepare to review the proposal this fall ...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:34 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
Wisconsin Republicans to hold hearing on lottery privacy bill
Wisconsin Republicans are planning to take public comments on a bill that would keep lottery winners' names secret.
The Legislature's Committee on State Affairs is set to hold a hearing on the measure in the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos introduced the bill in April on the same day that 24-year-old Manuel Franco of West Allis came forward to claim a $768 million Powerball prize. Franco said he started feeling paranoid as soon as he realized he had the win ...
Jul 10, 2019, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
Florida grandmother says state agency's mistake cost her lottery winnings
Includes video report
Bobbi Segel said she can still remember the feeling she had scratching off the winning lottery ticket.
According to my children, I sounded like a teenager in high school squealing at her prom date, Segel said.
Segel said she was hoping to use $1,000 she won on an upcoming family trip she had already planned.
I thought, 'Woo hoo! Vacation! Party! Key West, Segel said. That was all that was going through my mind at the time of winning that lottery.
She also ...
Jul 9, 2019, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts retailers resist Lottery's push for online sales
The Massachusetts Lottery's technological systems are on par with an old, wall-mounted rotary phone outdated and inconvenient, but it still works while customers increasingly expect to be linked to the world through a smartphone at all times, the agency's executive director told lawmakers last week.
Holding up a large, black rotary phone, Executive Director Michael Sweeney made his latest pitch to lawmakers to allow the Mass. Lottery to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin bill allowing anonymity for lottery winners heading to committee
A bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Wisconsin will go before a State Assembly committee next week.
The privacy act was introduced by Speaker Robin Vos the same day that a Milwaukee-area man claimed a $768 million Powerball prize this spring. Voss says requiring winners to be identified opens them up to possible fraud and takes away their right to privacy.
Manuel Franco, a 24-year-old New Berlin man, claimed the prize back in March and during his press conference ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum