Longtime Mass Lottery employee fired for allegedly cashing unsold winning scratch tickets
A longtime sales supervisor for the Massachusetts State Lottery was fired Tuesday after he was seen cashing winning instant tickets, a state official said, sparking fear that the lottery's supposedly strict security protocols may have been violated.
David Cannistraro, a $100,000-a-year employee who had worked for the lottery since 2002, was first placed on paid administrative leave in June after another lottery employee saw him cashing tickets at a store on Cape Cod, said Chandra Allard, chie ...
Aug 23, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery official dismissed amid investigations
A senior California Lottery executive has been dismissed from his position six months after anonymous state employees sent a letter to the Governor's Office complaining about rowdy behavior among a group of the lottery's top brass.
Deputy Director of Sales James David Cole's dismissal comes amid ongoing investigations into hiring practices and alleged misconduct by senior lottery executives during a 2016 sales conference.
Cole was notified Feb. 1 that his employment would be officially ter ...
Mar 26, 2019, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery settles lawsuits with two former security staff
Employees were fired for questioning two jackpot payouts
The California State Lottery has paid more than $500,000 to settle lawsuits filed by two former investigators who claimed they were fired for calling attention to jackpots they believed the lottery improperly awarded to recipients who could not prove they were winners.
The two ousted lottery cops had flagged a $2 million jackpot in 2015 and a $750,000 prize in 2016 that they argued should not have been paid.
It was a travesty the ...
Oct 9, 2018, 9:25 am - Lottery News forum
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers lost their jobs last week after a watchdog agency accused them of stealing nearly $3,000 in goods that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse.
Scott Kronik, Walter Liszniansky and Jeffrey Chapman were fired on Friday, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi Babb said.
All three are scheduled to appear Feb. 28 at pre-trial hearings at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court records say.
A grand jury on Dec. 21 handed up felony theft in offic ...
Jan 29, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in retention bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it.
A Tribune investigation has found the state approved paying bonuses as part of a complicated deal it struck in 2015 with the firm, Northstar Lottery Group. Northstar agreed to end its 10-year deal early if the state met a host of conditions, including paying Northstar disentanglement fees, which inclu ...
Mar 29, 2017, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery private manager still on job after firing
Finding a new lottery manager proves tricky for state government
When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects.
Then the company missed sales goals, and two governors tried to fire Northstar Lottery Group. But Northstar remains on the job more than two years later, and the firm is now able to collect millions of dollars mor ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Editorial calls for revamp of Oregon Lottery governance
The Register-Guard editorial staff may be on to something for all states to consider
Last week's firing of Jack Roberts as director of the Oregon Lottery offers Oregonians a warning: A governance structure established by voters 30 years ago for a small-time scratch-off ticket operation may be poorly suited to the billion-dollar enterprise the lottery has become. The 2017 Legislature should study whether existing systems of oversight and control are adequate, and refer any needed improvements ...
May 4, 2016, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery director abruptly replaced
Gov. Kate Brown abruptly fired Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts on Tuesday and replaced him with an administrator from the Department of Administrative Services.
I am grateful for Jack's years of service to the Oregon Lottery, but it is time for a leadership change, Brown said in a statement.
Brown's office gave no further explanation except that the agency has recently had some management problems. Kristen Grainger, Brown's spokeswoman, did not reply to an email asking for more detai ...
Apr 28, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL CHIEF OUSTED OVER JACKPOT-RIGGING SCANDAL
Key industry official has run Powerball from its inception
Bret Toyne appointed interim executive director
A prominent lottery official who has run the Powerball game since its inception was quietly removed from his 28-year post leading the Multi-State Lottery Association after a jackpot-fixing scandal inside his organization got bigger, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
Charles Strutt, executive director of the association since its 1987 founding, was stripped o ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Records show alcohol-related misconduct by former MN Lottery official
The former acting director of the Minnesota State Lottery was so drunk at conferences in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami and Indianapolis that she was suspended by Gov. Mark Dayton's chief of staff, according to records released Wednesday by the lottery.
Johnene Canfield was eventually fired earlier this year and is now suing the state for discrimination, saying her gender and disability from alcohol dependency led to her dismissal.
She was terminated after a December 2014 incident in whic ...
Nov 7, 2015, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum