Oregon Lottery doesn't allow public to comment at meetings
Some are upset over new Web site
Northwest Portland resident Bill Crane, bothered by news reports that the Oregon Lottery might be targeting youths with its planned new Internet site, The ORcade, wanted to give the commission that oversees the agency his two cents worth.
The timing was good. The Lottery Commission meets Friday morning, and Crane figured he'd drive south to Salem and sign up to talk. Problem is, the commission doesn't allow public testimony at its regular meetings, and told ...
Oct 21, 2011, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Complaints prompt review of Arkansas Lottery's personnel policies, salaries
Anonymous complaints about personnel issues have prompted the Arkansas Lottery Commission to request a review of the lottery's human resources policies and salary structure.
The nine-member commission voted today to ask the state Office of Personnel Management to conduct the review. Commissioner Joe White of Conway, whose motion to seek the review was unanimously adopted, told reporters that anonymous letters sent to the commission and state legislators had raised questions he wanted answered ...
Jun 3, 2010, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers to mediate spat over Iowa Lottery security
Relations have become so strained between feuding directors of two state agencies that a couple of Iowa lawmakers have agreed to step in as mediators.
The standoff pits state ombudsman William Angrick against Iowa Lottery chief executive Terry Rich.
Angrick's staff, which investigates citizen complaints, has spent more than two years investigating the Iowa Lottery and has concluded that lottery players could be at risk of being cheated.
Rich says he has responded fully to each of the om ...
Dec 14, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Recent checks of Iowa Lottery retailers find no fraud
Security checks at lottery ticket sale locations at about 200 locations statewide in recent months have revealed no improper payments of prizes to or by store personnel, Iowa's lottery chief told a panel of state legislators last week.
Terry Rich, chief executive officer of the Iowa Lottery, played up the safety and profitability of the lottery before members of the Legislature's Oversight Committee in the wake of an expansive report by Iowa's Ombudsman of State. The April report found the lo ...
Jun 15, 2009, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery store owners, employees winning big and often
Some of the same people who sell North Carolina Education Lottery tickets are winning big and winning often and that makes some people suspicious.
Of the lottery retailers winning prizes, some are amassing significant jackpots repeatedly $100,000, $300,000, and $500,000 prizes dozens of times a year.
Is it just dumb luck? Or do these insiders have some kind of inside track? And what is the state doing about it?
A regular lottery player first brought the pattern of retailers winning the ...
May 1, 2009, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum
New report criticizes Iowa Lottery security
Report claims lottery not investigating fraud complaints
The state ombudsman issued a report Tuesday alleging Iowa Lottery officials have failed to adequately protect the enterprise's customers from fraud and theft by retailers.
Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman Bill Angrick said his review of three years' worth of lottery investigations found numerous customer complaints where leads went unexplored and potential crimes were not pursued.
And, Angrick said in a 210-page report, even when the ...
Apr 22, 2009, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery threatens to go computerized
Web site press release reveals plan is it a trial balloon or just bad news?
By Todd Northrop
Tennessee Lottery issued a statement on their web site that threatens to bring unpopular computerized drawings to the state.
The upstart lottery, which in relative terms is still attempting to gain solid footing in the industry, made the announcement despite numerous player polls showing mistrust and discontent with the faux drawings.
The lottery claims computerized drawings are exciting , al ...
Jul 16, 2007, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virgina Lottery's help line under scrutiny
Director seeks probe of allegations by outgoing official over problem-gambler program
The director of the West Virginia Lottery asked for an investigation Tuesday of allegations over the Lottery's handling of the state's Problem Gambler Help Network.
Lottery Director John Musgrave asked for the investigation by the Legislative Auditor after the head of First Choice Health Systems of Charleston criticized a new contract that will give the Lottery more oversight over the 7-year-old help-line ...
Jun 8, 2007, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
New Iowa Lottery ad has gambling foes fuming
Ties between collegiate sports and gambling are typically forbidden. So when a new Iowa Lottery commercial featuring the Iowa Fight Song and the Tigerhawk logo began airing Jan. 12, it should have come as no surprise that it caused some heads to turn.
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said the Lottery did nothing wrong when it used the logos and fight song in the commercial because his office had approved the use. He added, however, that his opinion recently had changed.
If I had it ...
Jan 19, 2007, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery considers changing jackpot calculation
Amid complaints of false advertising, Texas Lottery Commission officials will consider changing the way jackpots are paid.C. Thomas Clowe, the commission chairman, said the three-member panel will discuss this month whether to guarantee the advertised jackpot or continue basing the grand prize on a percentage of ticket sales.Clowe said Thursday that he is concerned that miscalculating the lotto jackpot could undermine confidence in the game. We want the public to have confidence in the lottery, ...
Jun 10, 2005, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum