Minnesota Lottery to change policy after 6 major unclaimed prizes this year
Officials with the Minnesota State Lottery said Wednesday they are changing their policy on information for winning lottery tickets after as many as six major prizes this year have gone unclaimed.
Lottery officials said, effective immediately, they will disclose the name, address and city of the business where a winning lottery ticket is sold. In the past, the lottery has only released the county in which the ticket was sold.
The new policy applies to six unclaimed prizes that amount to a ...
Jul 2, 2015, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sales director to resign
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's director of sales was given a choice Monday resignation or termination.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley confirmed Monday that Robert Stebbins, who has been with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery as the group's director of sales since its start, is no longer working for the program.
Woosley said early Monday night that Stebbins was told he'd be fired if he didn't quit, but Woosley said he doesn't know which option Stebbins will take.
There was no answer ...
Jun 30, 2015, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to release salaries
The Wyoming Lottery board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Monday to release salary information for board members and employees.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he will distribute the salary information Tuesday.
After the salary issue was decided, the board passed a provisional budget for the upcoming fiscal year with $27 million in projected revenues but didn't have copies of the projections for the public to view.
Since April, local media and lotto officials have disagreed on whether the sa ...
Jun 16, 2015, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery refuses to release individual salaries
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. wants to keep its salaries and benefits secret from the public, with officials saying disclosure will hurt the new organization from a competitive standpoint.
The Casper Star-Tribune sent a records request to the lottery, asking for compensation of executives and board members. CEO Jon Clontz denied the request May 8.
The lottery and newspaper disagree in the interpretation of the 2013 law that created the organization.
Lottery officials argue it is a private c ...
May 18, 2015, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery director calls it quits
Michael Jones' run as Illinois Lottery Director is over.
Late Wednesday Jones sent a brief memo to his Lottery colleagues that said his job there is done. Jones went on to write that he had informed Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief of staff a while ago that he was planning to leave his post. Jones said his immediate plan is to go surfing at my home break, Seapark, next week.
In a statement to the Chicago Business Journal this afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he appreciated Michael Jones steppin ...
Mar 20, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's lottery director resigns
Stephen Martino, the director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, is leaving his job later this month to become a partner at a private law firm in Baltimore.
In a letter sent to his staff Tuesday morning, Martino wrote that he informed Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's office yesterday that he is resigning his position and that his last day in office will be March 27.
Martino was appointed as director of the agency in 2010 by then governor, Martin O'Malley.
Governor Hogan ...
Mar 11, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Dozens of 'dead people' collected NJ lottery prizes last year
Nearly four dozen New Jersey lottery winners collected their prizes with false Social Security numbers belonging to dead people, according to an audit of the state lottery system.
The audit also found that the lottery missed out on recovering $890,000 that winners owed in taxes and other obligations for the fiscal year that ended last June.
The report, released Wednesday, said 680 people who won at least $600 presented potentially invalid IDs from July 2013 to July 2014.
People are requ ...
Feb 19, 2015, 4:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Governor revamps Missouri Lottery Commission
Gov. Jay Nixon replaced most of the members of the Missouri Lottery Commission on Thursday as he released a report recommending the agency review its policies on prizes and advertising in a quest to route more money to education.
The shake-up in oversight at the Missouri Lottery comes after it posted record sales during the past budget year yet transferred less money to education than it had in the previous year.
Nixon in July had directed his state budget office to review the lottery's op ...
Sep 19, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Travel by Missouri Lottery employees under scrutiny
Nine Missouri Lottery employees took a state-paid trip to Orlando, Fla., in July 2012 to attend a professional development seminar.
It wasn't the only time lottery employees traveled to the Sunshine State. During the last three years, officials have logged a total of 20 trips to central Florida. Other popular destinations included New York, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Providence, R.I.
The out-of-state travel which has cost the lottery $129,881 and a ...
Sep 2, 2014, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Florida lottery department keeps shaky records
The agency overseeing the Florida lottery doesn't exactly have the winning ticket when it comes to keeping track of its taxpayer-funded property.
At least, that's the conclusion of a review conducted by the office of the state auditor general, David W. Martin.
Auditors used the Florida Department of the Lottery's own records, and determined that as of July 31, 2013, millions of dollars in public property purchased and used by the department was poorly accounted for. As a result, officials ...
Jun 18, 2014, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum