New travel questions crop up in Ark. Lottery director's final days in office
Outgoing Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue gave his last scheduled report to state lawmakers today, as the lottery's internal auditor said new questions have arisen about Passailaigue's travel reimbursements.
Michael Hyde told the legislative committee that oversees the lottery today that he has referred to the Division of Legislative Audit a few things that came up.
It was of a nature that I felt like it needed to be investigated, he said.
Hyde mentioned the matter in answ ...
Oct 3, 2011, 1:24 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery chief accused of harassment, retaliation
Oregon state officials are looking into claims that the director of the Oregon Lottery sexually harassed a female manager, then retaliated against her when she spurned his advances.
According to allegations outlined in a letter by the woman's attorney, Lottery Director Larry Niswender made unwanted advances toward the manager, then put her on administrative leave after she and another manager at the Lottery became romantically involved.
Both employees were reinstated to their jobs after mo ...
Oct 3, 2011, 12:42 am - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland liquor store owner charged in lottery scam
The owner of a liquor store in North Point, Maryland, was arrested and charged with grand theft, petty theft, and fraud after she was caught stealing an undercover agent's winning lottery ticket worth $10,000.
Ross Liquors, located in the Merritt North Shopping Center, had its Maryland Lottery license revoked following the undercover operation. The theft occured on last week, on March 8th.
Ross Liquors store owner, Melissa Ann Stone, 39, of the 3900 block of Goose Harbor Road in Middle Riv ...
Mar 16, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ads still on radio two days after Cahill agreed to a halt
Radio spots from a million-dollar advertising blitz for the Massachusetts Lottery continued to run yesterday, two days after state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent gubernatorial candidate, said he would stop airing the taxpayer funded advertisements.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission said the ads would cease by last night, adding that the process for killing a major ad campaign took some time. The lottery said the ads could not have been stopped immediately ...
Oct 17, 2010, 7:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ad creates election controversy
Just 18 days ahead of Election Day, the Massachusetts Lottery now says it is pulling its ads from the air after accusations that the Cahill campaign may have been trying to benefit from them.
Massachusetts state attorney general Martha Coakley will be investigating to see if there was any collaboration between Cahill's campaign and the state lottery. As part of his job as Massachusetts treasurer, Cahill oversees the lottery and has agreed to pull the multi-million dollar ad blitz while the al ...
Oct 15, 2010, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
MasterCard illegally adds fees to Lottery players
All you need is a dollar and a dream to play the Lottery, except if you're paying with MasterCard then it's an extra 10 bucks.
The credit card company has quietly been treating subscription purchases of Lotto or Mega Millions tickets as cash advances making them subject to an extra fee.
MasterCard is also charging higher cash advance level interest on the Lottery ticket purchases, as much as 24.9% percent in some cases.
That, too, is a no-no, Lottery officials said.
Sep 17, 2010, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Undercover lottery investigation tests store clerks' honesty
If you end up with a winning lottery ticket, you'll end up with the cash... right?
A television investigative program recently traveled to various states testing the honesty and integrity of lottery store clerks in correctly informing customers of their winning lottery tickets.
What they discovered was a mixed bag: although some clerks correctly identified wins for their customers, many did not. In fact, several attempted to basically steal their customer's winnings by telling them their l ...
Sep 7, 2010, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Canada's new online gambling website may have been hacked
PlayNow may have compromised users' personal information, opposition party says
British Columbians' personal information may have been compromised when the government's online gambling website, PlayNow.com, crashed last week, according to the New Democratic Party.
PlayNow, the first government-sanctioned online casino in North America, was shut down only hours after it was launched last Thursday.
The B.C Lottery Corp. said unexpectedly high traffic caused the server to crash, so it had ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Remains are that of missing lottery winner
Cause of death not yet determined
A body found Thursday in Plant City is that of missing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed yesterday.
The body was identified through fingerprints, said Debbie Carter, Hillsborough County Sheriff spokeswoman.
The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and we do not anticipate having a cause of death until Monday, she said. The detectives have completed the search at 58 ...
Jan 30, 2010, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum