Update: Every US state lottery's COVID-19 response
By Todd Northrop and Kate Northrop
While life has been upended and millions of Americans are staying home due to the national COVID-19 response, state lotteries continue to operate every day selling tickets, drawing numbers, and awarding prizes.
Two weeks ago Lottery Post surveyed every state lottery to determine what modified procedures have been put in place by each lottery to protect players and those who run the lottery from spreading the coronavirus.
The responses we saw varied fro ...
Apr 6, 2020, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
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
WVa board admonishes former lottery director for moonlighting
A state board that oversees lawyers in West Virginia admonished one of the governor's former cabinet secretaries for moonlighting at his old law firm while serving as the Lottery Director, defying state law.
The Lawyer Disciplinary Board found no evidence that former Lottery Director Alan Larrick used state resources in his private practice or leveraged his state job to benefit his legal clients.
However, the board found Larrick knowingly continued to engage in the practice of law while se ...
Dec 16, 2019, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
State auditor general to audit Pennsylvania Lottery, with special focus on high-frequency winners
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced a new performance audit of the Pennsylvania Lottery Wednesday, with a special emphasis on studying the state-run gaming franchise's protections against being ripped off by players or retailers who are intentionally gaming the system.
Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania Lottery players bought $4.5 billion in game tickets and claimed more than $2.9 billion in prizes, DePasquale said in announcing the new review at the state Capitol. Seniors, lottery ...
Dec 4, 2019, 3:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules Massachusetts Lottery can suspend high-frequency winners
The Massachusetts Lottery last week won a court fight over their efforts to fight suspected fraud.
The judge's decision lets the Lottery suspend a family of players who have cashed thousands of winning tickets.
The Lottery says Ali Jaafar and his two sons are what they call high-frequency winners people believed to be cashing tickets actually bought by others. The Lottery has long suspected that high-frequency winners are part of money laundering schemes.
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Nov 6, 2019, 5:54 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
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
Federal authorities investigating illegal NJ 'lottery' pool, sources say
Multiple people, including one county employee, have been called to testify in a federal probe into an alleged illegal lottery contest that hundreds of Hudson County employees pay a $20 fee to enter, multiple sources told The Jersey Journal.
The feds are looking into whether the organizers of the game, based on numbers drawn in the state lottery's official Pick 6, are taking a cut of the total pool money.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark did not return a call for commen ...
Jul 25, 2019, 7:35 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
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