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Will R.I. Lottery win or lose in $1 billion IGT contract battle?
Is it a wise move that would keep more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in Rhode Island or just the latest example of a you gotta know a guy back-room deal? Is the lottery giant IGT as Rhode Island as Del's lemonade or as British as Big Ben? In short, is the proposed no-bid, $1-billion, 20-year extension of IGT's current 20-year gambling technology contract a solid win for the Rhode Island economy or an ill-advised sweetheart deal ? As state lawmakers prepare to review the proposal this fall ...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum

CT Lottery quiet as uncomfortable allegations pile up
For a moment it looked like some meaningful information might be released to the public this week about the latest upheaval at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC) this time in the form of an order Monday that lottery Vice President Chelsea Turner be placed on an indefinite leave, six days after disclosing in sworn testimony that she contacted the FBI in about 2014 with suspicions of wrongdoing by a superior. But it hasn't turned out that way. The CLC's board of directors scheduled a specia ...
Jul 19, 2019, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum

Details emerge about CT Lottery CEO secretly recording board chairman in 2014
More 'dirty laundry' revealed by botched raffle draw investigation Connecticut Lottery Corp. Vice President Chelsea Turner testified Tuesday that around 2014, she and then-lottery CEO Anne Noble had such suspicions about Frank Farricker, then chairman of the lottery's governing board, that she contacted an agent she knew in the FBI which then had Noble record Farricker secretly in at least one meeting. The small recording device was concealed inside an eyeglass case, Turner testified under ...
Jul 12, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin Republicans to hold hearing on lottery privacy bill
Wisconsin Republicans are planning to take public comments on a bill that would keep lottery winners' names secret. The Legislature's Committee on State Affairs is set to hold a hearing on the measure in the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos introduced the bill in April on the same day that 24-year-old Manuel Franco of West Allis came forward to claim a $768 million Powerball prize. Franco said he started feeling paranoid as soon as he realized he had the win ...
Jul 10, 2019, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum

Florida grandmother says state agency's mistake cost her lottery winnings
Includes video report Bobbi Segel said she can still remember the feeling she had scratching off the winning lottery ticket. According to my children, I sounded like a teenager in high school squealing at her prom date, Segel said. Segel said she was hoping to use $1,000 she won on an upcoming family trip she had already planned. I thought, 'Woo hoo! Vacation! Party! Key West, Segel said. That was all that was going through my mind at the time of winning that lottery. She also ...
Jul 9, 2019, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum

Massachusetts retailers resist Lottery's push for online sales
The Massachusetts Lottery's technological systems are on par with an old, wall-mounted rotary phone outdated and inconvenient, but it still works while customers increasingly expect to be linked to the world through a smartphone at all times, the agency's executive director told lawmakers last week. Holding up a large, black rotary phone, Executive Director Michael Sweeney made his latest pitch to lawmakers to allow the Mass. Lottery to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin bill allowing anonymity for lottery winners heading to committee
A bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Wisconsin will go before a State Assembly committee next week. The privacy act was introduced by Speaker Robin Vos the same day that a Milwaukee-area man claimed a $768 million Powerball prize this spring. Voss says requiring winners to be identified opens them up to possible fraud and takes away their right to privacy. Manuel Franco, a 24-year-old New Berlin man, claimed the prize back in March and during his press conference ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum

Florida Gov. vetoes bill to require warnings on lottery tickets
A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday. (See Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 2, 2019.) In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding. A ...
Jun 28, 2019, 10:59 pm - Lottery News forum

Florida Lottery issues last-minute challenge to 'addictive' warning labels on tickets
The Florida Lottery wants another look at the potential impact on education funding from legislation that would require slapping gambling-addiction warning labels on the front of tickets and ads. Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting closer to deciding whether to approve the bill (HB 629), which passed the House and Senate in early May. An initial projection about the bill's impact on education funding was made in March. But, appearing this week before state economists, Florida Lottery Director of ...
Jun 13, 2019, 9:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Former tribal lobbyist named as new California Lottery director
California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Alva Vernon Johnson to take over the the state's lottery Monday, after former director Hugo Lopez stepped down Friday amid investigations. Johnson, a former tribal lobbyist, takes over a department that has been 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 alleging misconduct among senior executives at sales conferences. Johnson lobb ...
Jun 11, 2019, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum

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