Florida Lottery chief resigning amid controversy
Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell is stepping down with the announcement coming days after reports surfaced that she spent more than $30,000 on travel last year.
On Friday, Governor Rick Scott tapped Florida Lottery sales veteran Tom Delacenserie to take over as interim secretary of the agency. Politico reported earlier this week that taxpayers last year spent more than $30,000 on travel for O'Connell, whose annual salary is $141,000, on trips to places including Las Vegas, Boston a ...
Yesterday, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum
Serbian lottery chief resigns amid drawing scandal
Includes video report
The head of Serbia's national lottery has resigned after a television graphic during this week's draw appeared to predict a winning number.
The incident triggered outrage and dominated front-pages in the Balkan country, where Serbs had hoped the lottery was above the corruption that permeates much of national life.
Police said they have questioned six people during an investigation into whether the winning combination had been set up in advance.
The affair erupt ...
Jul 31, 2015, 8:02 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
Director of DC Lottery dies after suffering an aneurysm
Buddy Roogow, the director of the DC Lottery since 2009, died Saturday after suffering an aneurysm. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Roogow was 65.
It is with great sadness that I announce that Buddy Roogow, director of the DC Lottery since 2009, passed away on Saturday morning, April 11, after spending Friday evening with family and friends. He was 65 years old. Buddy loved what he did and he was the Lottery's foremost champion. He was a consummate professional, dedicat ...
Apr 12, 2015, 8:56 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
Texas Lottery Director joins Lottery Industry Hall of Fame
Public Gaming Research Institute has inducted Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, to its Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries conference in Atlantic City.
I want to congratulate Executive Director Grief for his much-deserved honor, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. Gary's knowledge, experience and leadership are key elements to the continued success ...
Oct 8, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery names new executive director
Shaking hands with someone who has just won a million dollars is not a bad way to make a living.
Lynn native Beth Bresnahan, 38, is the second woman and youngest person to head the Massachusetts State Lottery, which has 400 employees and 7,400 agents statewide. It generated $4.85 billion in sales last fiscal year, with $956 million returned to cities and towns in unrestricted local aid.
Bresnahan, who previously served as the lottery's assistant executive director and marketing and communi ...
Mar 20, 2014, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery announces CEO finalists
The New Mexico Lottery has announced four finalists for the chief executive officer's position, which became vacant in November the lottery's board of directors fired former CEO Tom Romero without explanation.
Romero, who had been with the lottery since its inception in 1996, had an annual salary of $165,000.
The seven-member, governor-appointed board will interview the finalists on Friday, said lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin.
The finalists include the lottery's interim CEO, David M. ...
Feb 12, 2014, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum