CT Lottery official disciplined for botched raffle draw claims lottery has vendetta against him
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. opened 2018 with a million dollar blunder at a Jan. 1 drawing, and months of controversy followed. But that seemed to die down as the agency recently reported a record $345 million in revenue on $1.2 billion in annual ticket sales, and took a step toward normality last month by hiring Gregory Smith, the acting Illinois lottery chief, to fill its long-vacant CEO position.
However, the surface calm is deceiving. There's still big trouble.
It comes in the form of ...
Aug 5, 2018, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Memo: Iowa Lottery kept selling games after security warning
A newly unsealed memo shows the Iowa Lottery kept marketing four popular games despite an August 2015 warning from its security chief that their integrity was compromised.
The memo was written following the trial of Eddie Tipton, who was convicted of rigging a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $16 million.
Steve Bogle, its vice president of security, recommended that the lottery immediately suspend sales of Hot Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, and All or Nothing. He told CEO Terry Rich, we cannot allow the ci ...
Aug 1, 2018, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery hires director of Illinois Lottery as new CEO
The Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s governing board voted Thursday to hire Gregory Smith, acting director of the Illinois Lottery, as its new CEO in hopes of stability after nearly two years of turmoil, recriminations and investigations at the quasi-public agency with a $1.2 billion annual budget.
The lottery's top job had been vacant since Sept. 22, 2016, when last CEO, Anne Noble, stepped down amid controversy and entered an unusual and lucrative severance agreement with the agency's board of d ...
Jul 6, 2018, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts official warns lottery could become "irrelevant"
With time running out again on a bill that would authorize the Massachusetts Lottery to move online, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg offered a message to business leaders Wednesday morning: We don't want to go the way of Toys R Us.
The massive toy store chain announced plans to shut down its operations on March 15 and is now running liquidation sales across its more than 800 locations.
Goldberg, whose office oversees the Lottery, said Toys R Us was very late to the game to beginning to sell the ...
Jun 13, 2018, 10:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO announces retirement
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich announced Thursday that he intends to retire in late 2018 or early 2019. Rich has led the Iowa Lottery since February 2009 and is just the second person to serve as its CEO since the lottery's start in 1985.
Rich, 65, released this statement regarding his retirement:
Over the past years, I've had the privilege of serving three Iowa governors while achieving some significant milestones at the lottery, helping with projects to address some of the state's biggest ...
Apr 20, 2018, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
IGT executive hired as NC Lottery chief
A top leader at a gambling operations vendor was hired Tuesday to become the North Carolina Education Lottery's next executive director.
The lottery commission voted unanimously to hire Mark Michalko, a vice president and managing director for International Game Technology's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The commission's search for a new lottery chief began soon after Alice Garland, the executive director since late 2010, announced last fall she would retire at the end of ...
Mar 14, 2018, 2:53 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery Director Hedinger announces retirement
Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director, has announced her retirement, which was effective December 31, 2017.
Hedinger began her lottery career as deputy executive director of the New Jersey Lottery in 1994. She became acting director in 2003, serving for a year before moving on to the position of chief clerk at the Ocean County Surrogate Court in 2004. Hedinger served in that capacity until June 2010 when Governor Chris Christie selected her to lead the Lottery as its executiv ...
Jan 3, 2018, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery gets new director Jan. 1
Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford, who has headed the agency that raises money for the HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten classes since 2012, is retiring from her post.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he is nominating Gretchen Corbin, the commissioner of the state's technical college system, to replace Alford. Corbin was previously commissioner of the state's Department of Community Affairs. The lottery board will vote on the recommendation, but the vote is typically a formali ...
Nov 28, 2017, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery director not embarrassed about computerized drawing fiasco
The head of the Arizona Lottery says he's not embarrassed that his department overlooked a potentially costly failure of its computerized drawings.
Over a six-day period starting Sept. 28, lottery machines spit out the same numbers in consecutive games.
(See Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2017.)
The Lottery is now offering refunds or exchanges for anyone who played the Pick 3, Fantasy 5, All or Nothing, and 5 Card ...
Oct 17, 2017, 8:51 am - 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