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California Lottery director resigns amid investigations
California State Lottery Director Hugo Lopez is stepping down immediately, he announced in an email to lottery staff on Friday. Lopez has led the department since 2015. It's been under scrutiny from the Department of Justice and the State Controller's Office since August, when anonymous employees sent a letter to former Gov. Jerry Brown's office alleging misconduct among senior executives at sales conferences. Lopez in his message said he was proud of the department's performance, particul ...
Jun 10, 2019, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum

Mississippi hires experienced executive for its new lottery
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Thomas N. Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other game of chance. In an interview on Tuesday in Jackson, Shaheen said Mississippi could start selling lottery tickets by the end of this year. We'll work at a pace to get it started off as quickly as possible bec ...
May 8, 2019, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum

Connecticut Lottery considering switch to computerized drawings
Apparently new CEO looking to make things even worse at beleaguered lottery By Jon Lender The Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) is quietly examining possible changes to the drawing procedures by which it selects winning numbers in its various games from the daily Play 3 game on up and one option under consideration is to discontinue live TV drawings that have been broadcast on local stations since 1977. Another option could be that, in addition to taking the drawings off TV, the lottery w ...
Dec 30, 2018, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery CEO elected President of the World Lottery Association
Rebecca P. Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, has been unanimously elected and is the first female President of the World Lottery Association (WLA). Rebecca's leadership and vision have created an exceptional lottery organization in Tennessee that has provided billions of dollars in support of education initiatives in the state, said Susan Lanigan, Chair of the Tennessee Lottery Board of Directors, and those traits, along with her more than 30 years o ...
Nov 27, 2018, 6:54 pm - Lottery News forum

New CT lottery chief draws flak over his response to auditors' report on Jan. 1 drawing disaster
The Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s new president and CEO, Gregory Smith, was hired this past July amid hopes of a fresh start for the agency that was hit by a million-dollar mistake in a Jan. 1 drawing, after enduring two years of turmoil following a fraud scandal that shut down the 5 Card Cash game in 2015. But Smith has quickly been drawn into a controversy stemming from those very same problems after writing a letter to two key state legislators in which he defended the lottery agency for act ...
Nov 26, 2018, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Vermont Lottery boss quits, raising issue of public records on personal accounts
Daniel Rachek, the head of Vermont's lottery, has resigned less than a year after taking the job. His temporary replacement, Gary Kessler, who was appointed to run the lottery in mid-September, says that Rachek's departure means the department is unable to retrieve public records that may be on his personal accounts or devices. Rachek started the job on Nov. 13, 2017. A job posting for his replacement went up on Nov. 6 this year. He found a job that paid better that suited his skill se ...
Nov 14, 2018, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum

After bawdy photos, California Lottery workers demand resignations
Five veteran Lottery employees on Thursday demanded that senior department executives resign amid investigations into hiring practices and alleged misconduct on a work-related trip two years ago. They addressed the state Lottery Commission one month after an anonymous writer sent a letter to officials in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration that included pictures of senior Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California bar. It also included anecdotes describing disparaging treatment of emp ...
Sep 21, 2018, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum

West Virginia Lottery has a new director
One day after lawmakers asked tough questions about leadership at the West Virginia Lottery, Gov. Jim Justice has named John Myers as director of the agency. He replaces Alan Larrick, who resigned Sept. 1, right as sports betting was making its debut at West Virginia casinos. Doug Buffington, deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, served as the interim director. Myers has been serving as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration, but he has a long wor ...
Sep 20, 2018, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum

WV Lottery Director resigns day after sports betting goes live
The director of the West Virginia Lottery has resigned. Alan Larrick's resignation became effective Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice said. After the successful launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town yesterday (Thursday), Alan Larrick informed Gov. Jim Justice that he would step down as the director of the West Virginia Lottery effective Sept. 1, 2018, the release from the governor's office said. Justice appointed Larrick in January 2017. Larrick, a Beckley native, wa ...
Sep 2, 2018, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum

California Lottery officials seen in bawdy photos sent to governor
A package of bawdy photos allegedly showing senior state Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California piano bar, with one image showing an official putting his head up a woman's shirt, was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's office last week in an appeal from an anonymous employee urging the administration to investigate the department. Brown's office late Thursday said he is asking the attorney general's office to look into the letter and the attached photos. The contents of the letter ar ...
Aug 10, 2018, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum