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Impartial choice promised for Texas Lottery chief
The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission said Wednesday that politics will play no part in whether a powerful ex-lawmaker is hired to run the beleaguered state agency.Former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin, a Houston Republican who lost his bid for a 12th term by a scant 16 votes last year, was an 11th-hour entry into the hunt to replace former director Reagan Greer after Lottery Commission Chairman C. Thomas Clowe encouraged him to apply last month. At least eight other applicants had made it to ...
Dec 9, 2005, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery under the microscope in hearings
Texas Lottery officials were summoned Tuesday to testify before a legislative committee for the second time in five months, this time over allegations of mismanagement brought by a lottery systems analyst who was fired the same day the Houston Chronicle reported his concerns.Shelton Charles, who oversaw much of the lottery's technical operations before his firing Friday, planned to testify Monday at a hearing of the House Licensing and Regulation Committee, which oversees the lottery.The committ ...
Nov 9, 2005, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum

Questions rise about N.C. lottery access
Meredith Norris, a top political aide to House Speaker Jim Black, hired two Charlotte lawyers Friday as Secretary of State Elaine Marshall investigated whether Norris lobbied on behalf of a major lottery company without being registered to do so. Ms. Norris is very confident that she has not violated any lobbying laws, Thomas Walker, one of her lawyers, said Friday.The probe advanced as Republican leaders called for an investigation by Attorney General Roy Cooper or an independent inquiry into ...
Oct 17, 2005, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery critic turns down selection committee post
A lottery watchdog who helped expose inflated Texas Lotto jackpots and a math professor whose students found problems with lottery advertisements were among 10 people chosen to help find the next leader of the struggling Texas Lottery Commission, officials said Friday.Dawn Nettles, a frequent critic of the lottery, later withdrew from the search committee, saying her participation would be a conflict of interest.C. Tom Clowe, who chairs the three-member commission that oversees the agency, appoi ...
Jul 24, 2005, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum

Follow-Up: Couple’s lottery 5-week winning streak was simple luck
When Jeffrey Hintz won the Wisconsin Lottery s second-chance drawing five weeks in a row, some in state government got a little suspicious.Turns out, Hintz just got lucky, an investigation concluded.Investigators with the state s Department of Revenue found no signs of fraud in his five-week winning streak in March and April.Hintz and his wife, Lisa, have won almost $73,000 in cash prizes from the state lottery since 1999. More than $65,000 came from drawings.But the couple s five-week winning s ...
Jul 24, 2005, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery paid for goods it never received
The embattled Texas Lottery Commission is investigating why the agency paid a Nevada company more than $300,000 for goods it hasn't received.The lottery's purchasing department authorized an advanced payment to JB Associates in February 2004 to buy promotional items such as umbrellas, coffee mugs and vinyl wallets, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its online edition today.JB, based in Reno, Nev., received at least $332,427, but the lottery said it is still owed about $311,000 in undeli ...
Jul 16, 2005, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum

Reporter investigates Internet lottery scam
Editor's Note: The Lottery Post staff continually receives e-mails from people who are trying to trace the company that has sent an e-mail about a big win in a Internet lottery. Be warned: if you supply your banking details you may end up poorer than before your mysterious windfall. Police caution strongly that you should never agree to meet these con artists. The following article appears as-written in the online magazine, Expatica.On receipt of an e-mail from an Internet scam outfit, the ...
Jul 15, 2005, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery looking at all possibilities for Director Position
In a gesture of openness, Texas Lottery commissioners announced Monday that, for the first time, a committee of state officials and private citizens outside the lottery will help find the agency's next leader. The commission accepted the resignation of former executive director Reagan Greer, who announced his departure Friday, two weeks after he admitted approving several inflated Lotto Texas jackpot estimates recommended by his staff.Commissioners named Greer's former deputy and longtime lotter ...
Jul 12, 2005, 10:39 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery Names Acting Director
A top official closely involved in an investigation into inflated Lotto Texas jackpot advertisements was named acting executive director of the lottery commission today.Gary Grief, who has worked for the Texas Lottery Commission since its creation, was promoted from deputy executive director. He will oversee day-to-day operations at the nation's third-largest lottery, replacing Executive Director Reagan Greer, who resigned Friday.Greer stepped down two weeks after admitting he approved a staff r ...
Jul 11, 2005, 11:16 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery changes won't come quickly
Lottery players who feel hoodwinked by the Texas Lottery Commission will have to wait another month before the agency changes rules that determine how much money Lotto Texas winners are paid.The commission today delayed adopting an amendment in the game's rules until next month and announced the formation of a search committee to consist of state government officials and members of the public who will aid the commission in finding a new executive director.The decisions came three days after the ...
Jul 11, 2005, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum