Police officer sent to rehab for playing scratch-off lottery tickets on duty, lawsuit claims
A police officer in Wayne, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the police chief and other officials sent him to in-patient rehabilitation for a reported gambling addiction when an anonymous caller complained he played scratch-off lottery tickets while in uniform.
In the wide-ranging suit alleging years of corruption within the department, Corporal Rick Vanderclock claims the caller told his supervisors that Vanderclock was gambling while on duty by and through his ...
Jul 17, 2019, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
China lottery corruption probe sparks online outrage
China's government is attempting to downplay social media rumors that lottery administrators have embezzled nearly $20 billion from lottery proceeds.
On Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported on the frantic efforts by Beijing authorities to refute social media chatter that around RMB136b (US$19.5b) had been embezzled by corrupt lottery administrators. A popular meme blames this corruption for the inability of the average citizen to win a sizable lottery prize.
The meme has its orig ...
Nov 14, 2018, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
China probes yet another lottery official suspected of corruption
Try as it might, China's sole form of legal gambling simply can't escape allegations of corruption committed by the officials in charge.
This week, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that Wang Suying, the former director of the China Welfare Lottery Issuance Management Center, was under investigation by the ministry's disciplinary inspection and supervisory departments for what was described as serious violations of the [Communist] Party discipline.
The 57-year-old Wang began wor ...
Sep 15, 2018, 8:24 pm - 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
Chinese lottery officials accused of corruption
Two top officials previously in charge of China's official state lottery have been stripped of their positions on suspicion of taking bribes, China's top graft watchdog said late on Sunday.
Since assuming power in late 2012, President Xi Jinping has pursued a relentless campaign against corruption, warning that the problem could threaten the party's ability to retain power if left unchecked.
Former head of the China Welfare Lottery Management Center, Bao Xuequan, and his former deputy, Wan ...
Aug 29, 2017, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lawmakers call for investigation into lottery
State lawmakers from both political parties are calling for an investigation of how the Illinois Lottery managed scratch-off games in response to a report showing the lottery didn't award many of the biggest prizes in the biggest games.
I just don't think we should promise people things we don't deliver, said state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. And if we say we have a game that's going to pay X and it doesn't pay X, then we've lied to the people who bought the tickets.
Lang was joined by stat ...
Dec 13, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Investigation: Illinois Lottery didn't award 40% of scratch-off grand prizes
It was called The Good Life and offered the biggest grand prize of any instant game the Illinois Lottery had ever produced.
Two lucky winners could scratch their way to $46 million each, paid in periodic installments. At $30, tickets weren't cheap, but millions were sold. Then the game ended before the lottery sold most of the tickets that were printed, with neither top prize awarded.
The same thing happened with another instant game, called Birthday Surprise. Two large grand prizes offere ...
Dec 9, 2016, 1:50 pm - Lottery News forum
China reveals misuse of $2.7 billion in lottery funds
China has uncovered widespread misappropriation of 16.9 billion yuan (US$2.72 billion) of funds from its state lottery program, underscoring the extent of official corruption as the country tries to root out graft.
Funds were misappropriated through the buying and building of office buildings and hotels or embezzled, the National Audit Office said in a report on its website.
The state auditor said the irregularities accounted for a quarter of the total of lottery funds received in its 2012 ...
Jun 25, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Court filings outline steering of D.C. lottery deal
In recorded conversation, official suggests ousting winner of bidding
Documents filed in federal court Thursday portray in vivid detail the efforts of a number of D.C. officials, including then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, to manipulate the outcome of the competitively bid, multimillion-dollar D.C. Lottery contract.
The documents, supported by transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, were filed in response to efforts by the city to resis ...
Sep 16, 2011, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum