Ex-Georgia Lottery president got big bonuses
A state law designed to curb bonuses to Georgia Lottery executives didn't stop the organization from handing out huge incentive payouts and raises to top staffers.
The lottery funds the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten classes, but ticket sales have struggled to keep up with growth in the programs. When lawmakers approved legislation in 2011 to prevent the programs from going broke, part of the deal was a severe curtailing of lottery staff bonuses.
But more than $260,000 worth of ince ...
Jan 27, 2013, 5:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia construction worker collects $50M Mega Millions win
By Todd Northrop
A 55-year-old Thomasville construction worker is getting ready to build a new life after winning a $50 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
Honey, we won the lotto! That's what Zippy Vonier, 55, announced to his wife Wednesday morning after discovering that he won $50 million.
My wife was brushing her teeth, and I told her to come in and sit down, said Vonier, a Thomasville resident. She was just kind of shocked.
Vonier won by matching all of the winning numbers ...
Dec 2, 2012, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery hires new president
Despite controversy over the governor's role in the choice, the Georgia Lottery board handed state budget director Debbie Dlugolenski Alford a new job Thursday as the lottery's new president and CEO.
Board members took the unanimous vote on Alford's appointment, despite criticism they scuttled their own search because Gov. Nathan Deal wanted Alford to get the job. Though Alford has held several high-profile jobs in state government, she is the state's first lottery director without prior expe ...
Oct 26, 2012, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man finds $1M lottery ticket in his truck
A Clayton County, Georgia, man who won $1 million in August didn't realize he was rich until he found a forgotten Powerball ticket in his truck.
Ramon Rodriguez, of Rex, found the forgotten ticket tucked into the console of his truck and turned it in Wednesday.
He matched five of six numbers from the Aug. 8 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
Rodriguez, 54, said It's been in my truck for two months.
I went to the computer and looked at the numbers, Rodriguez said. I said ...
Oct 14, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery board member resigns citing pressure to hire new director
A member of the Georgia Lottery Board resigned last week because she thought the panel was feeling pressured to hire the governor's budget director to run one of the country's most successful lotteries.
Frances Rogers, who has served on the board since late 2010, said she hung up the phone in the middle of a conference call to discuss a new lottery president last week and immediately resigned.
There were things that were said and I decided I was not going to be able to be part of the proc ...
Oct 12, 2012, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Alford named sole finalist to lead Georgia Lottery
The sole finalist to lead the Georgia Lottery is the state's top budget official, Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, officials said Tuesday.
The acknowledgement confirmed a report last week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Alford was a leading candidate to replace Margaret DeFrancisco as president of one of the country's most successful lotteries.
Alford currently leads the governor's Office of Planning and Budget and serves on the Lottery Board. She would be the state's first lottery dire ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:45 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery president/CEO announces retirement
Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Margaret R. DeFrancisco announced publicly today that she will be retiring from her full-time position as head of the Lottery.
The Georgia Lottery's board of directors will conduct a search for DeFrancisco's replacement. She plans to stay through the transition, and a departure date is not imminent or immediate.
The Georgia Lottery has seen strong growth and funded the educations of hundreds of thousands of Georgians during Margaret DeFrancisco's te ...
Aug 15, 2012, 5:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery approves online ticket sales
Georgia Lottery officials approved for the first time Thursday an online ticket system, with sales to the public set to begin as soon as November.
The move is expected to increase the Georgia Lottery's revenue by millions of dollars a year thus helping the state's lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs and positions Georgia among the first states nationwide to officially expand lottery sales to the Internet.
While the lottery's governing board voted unanimously for ...
Jul 20, 2012, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Jury awards jailed illegal alien $750,000 lottery ticket
After deliberating only 35 minutes Thursday, a Houston County jury awarded ownership of a $750,000 lottery ticket to an illegal alien who claimed he was taken advantage of by the man he had worked for as a day laborer.
Jose Antonio Tony Cua-Toc, 27, a native of Guatemala who entered the country illegally in 2000, had filed a lawsuit against Erick Cervantes, a Fort Valley business owner who claimed the winning Jingle Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket from Georgia lottery officials.
(See Illegal al ...
Mar 14, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
CNN producer tells what it's like to win lottery twice
I am a two-time lottery winner. I have claimed a $100,000 lottery ticket in November and a $1 million lottery ticket Monday. Both came from scratch off. Everyone has been asking me what it's like to win and so I'll tell you.
A big win is an amazing blessing that I still can't believe is real. And then to be blessed more than once is just extraordinary.
But nothing comes easy. We all go through rough times in our lives, and people don't know the road that one must walk to reach a happy dest ...
Feb 17, 2012, 9:04 am - Lottery News forum