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S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery. That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public. The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting. They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said. But it scares all the retailers. ...
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum

Panel eyes less pay for next Ark. lottery chief
The Arkansas Lottery Commission hasn't begun its search for a replacement for outgoing Director Ernie Passailaigue, but the commission's chairman and a key legislative leader said Tuesday that whoever gets the job shouldn't expect the same paycheck. A day after Passailaigue resigned, the lottery commission's chairwoman and the co-chairman of the lottery's oversight committee said they didn't expect the next director to enjoy the same high salary. Passailaigue's $324,000 annual pay, along with ...
Sep 20, 2011, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery director resigns
Includes video report The Arkansas Lottery Commission Monday accepted the resignation of embattled state Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue, who ends his controversial tenure on his own after surviving two past attempts by commission members to fire him. Passailaigue submitted a letter of resignation to the commission's chairman, Dianne Lamberth of Batesville, on Friday. His resignation will be effective Oct. 7. Passailaigue was not hired on a contract and will receive no buyout. Th ...
Sep 19, 2011, 10:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery director's benefits in conflict with law?
Arkansas law expressly prohibits the use of a multiplier in determining the state lottery director's salary for retirement purposes, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion Monday. Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue's base salary is $141,603 a year, but the Lottery Commission has been paying him $324,000 a year thanks to an optional multiplier included in the state's lottery law. His retirement benefits have been based on the $324,000 figure, not his base salary. Sen. Bobby Gl ...
Feb 8, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery gets new director
The N.C. Education Lottery Commission tonight named Alice Garland, deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications, as the new executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. Garland will be the second director and has served as acting executive director since the first director, Tom Shaheen, announced his resignation in August. Robert Farris, chairman of the commission, said the commission's unanimous vote for Garland concluded a national search that included 55 a ...
Jan 19, 2011, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas lottery director up for review for first time
The director of the Arkansas Lottery, who oversaw its successful launch but has had a series of high-profile flubs, will receive his first employee evaluation Wednesday when the Arkansas Lottery Commission. Commission chairman Dianne Lamberth said the panel will go into executive session to discuss Ernie Passailaigue's performance, which has been highlighted by the scholarships given to students last fall but darkened by a critical audit and other problems. The commission met in closed ses ...
Jan 10, 2011, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery making changes to counter weak sales
Additional draws to be added in Feb.; search narrows for new director North Carolina lottery commissioners estimated Wednesday the program will earn $40 million less than expected in the current year because of weak ticket sales another financial blow for a state education system already bracing for budget cuts. The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission revised its sales estimate in approving a new budget. That plan projects the lottery will be able to provide about $402 million for ...
Dec 16, 2010, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery director scolded by legislators
Updated Nov. 11, 2010, 5:58 pm: Additional detail about audit and findings, with quotations from Passailaigue An Arkansas state audit has revealed a variety of deficiencies in how the Arkansas lottery is being run, and one legislator told the lottery director he would be gone if he led any other state agency. Members of the Legislative Audit Committee on Friday told lottery chief Ernie Passailaigue that they're not satisfied with how he has addressed problems that have come up since the lo ...
Nov 12, 2010, 1:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery director survives attempted ouster
The director of the Arkansas Lottery survived an attempt this week to oust him from his job. The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted down a motion to fire Ernie Passailaigue after the lottery director drew a strong rebuke for granting compensatory time off to employees who were exempt from receiving overtime pay. I'm going to let the motion speak for itself, said commissioner Ben Pickard of Searcy, who made the motion after the commission returned from executive session. Pickard and commiss ...
Sep 10, 2010, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery director quits
Will take job with software company Tom Shaheen, who has headed the North Carolina Education Lottery since its inception four years ago, has resigned his post to take a job with a company involved in the sale of lottery tickets through ATMs. Shaheen said Monday that he will be vice president of business development for Linq3, a software company that has a program that allows lottery tickets to be sold through point-of-sale terminals like automated teller machines for distribution in the U. ...
Aug 16, 2010, 10:55 pm - Lottery News forum