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Strongly worded letter sent to lottery director before his death
After being directed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the state's finance commissioner has worked with the Minnesota State Lottery since last spring to tighten operations, but enough lapses continued that a strongly worded letter was sent to lottery director George Andersen shortly before his death, the Pioneer Press reported.Andersen resisted one of the Finance Department's key recommendations and did not address another major shortcoming identified by the agency. That led, in part, to the letter by Finan ...
Feb 12, 2004, 6:35 am - Lottery News forum

Minn. lottery director helped steer business to friend's firm
The late director of the Minnesota State Lottery helped a friend's company keep a lucrative lottery contract, the Star Tribune reported on Saturday.George Andersen was found dead of an apparent suicide on Jan. 27, a day after meeting with auditors who were probing his relationship with the company, Media Rare. The public relations firm was founded by Andersen's friend Michael Priesnitz.Auditors have questioned several lucrative contracts that Andersen approved between the lottery and Media Rare. ...
Feb 9, 2004, 6:01 am - Lottery News forum

Interim Minnesota lottery chief named
The Minnesota Lottery will be temporarily led by Michael Vekich, the former chairman of a state colleges board who was among Gov. Tim Pawlenty's challengers for the Republican nomination in 2002.Pawlenty announced Vekich's appointment Monday, six days after the suicide of longtime director George Andersen. A soon-to-be released government audit of lottery operations had taken an emotional toll on Andersen, according to family members and friends.Pawlenty referenced the audit in a news release ab ...
Feb 3, 2004, 5:38 am - Lottery News forum

George Andersen, Former Minnesota Lottery Director
Minnesota State Lottery Director George Andersen died at the age of 53 on January 27, 2004, leaving his mark indelibly on his family, friends, and the Lottery that he ran successfully for more than 14 years.Andersen, the first and only Lottery director in Minnesota, was appointed by former Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989. He was the second most senior lottery director in the nation and was widely regarded as brilliant and knowledgeable in his field. A Pennsylvania native, he first served as deputy e ...
Jan 30, 2004, 11:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Report: Minnesota Lottery Director haunted by audit
When Minnesota Lottery Director George Andersen went to work Monday to face a 10-hour meeting with legislative auditors, he acted like he was going to his execution, his wife later told detectives.Darlene Andersen also said that her husband feared that the couple would lose everything because of the audit.The report about Andersen's death, which was released Friday, shows how greatly Andersen's job troubles were weighing on him before he took his life at his Washington County home.Darlene An ...
Jan 30, 2004, 11:36 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery director's ties to St. Paul vendor probed
Auditors probing the business dealings of Minnesota State Lottery director George Andersen have been pursuing a claim that he steered thousands of dollars of lottery money to a vendor he controlled.Andersen was found unconscious Tuesday outside his home in Hugo. He had a self-inflicted wound to his wrist, and a knife was found nearby, authorities said. A preliminary autopsy report released Wednesday called his death a suicide and said he died from hypothermia due to exposure.Andersen died a day ...
Jan 30, 2004, 6:42 am - Lottery News forum

Friends Say Audit Troubled Minnesota Lottery Chief
George Andersen built the Minnesota Lottery from the ground up, and some who knew him say he looked upon it less like a bureaucrat and more like a proud and protective father.Andersen committed suicide Tuesday, a day after meeting with a government auditor examining the lottery's operations. He was found outside his home, and an autopsy determined he died of hypothermia in single-digit termperatures after cutting his wrists, said sheriff's Cmdr. Scott Malinosky said.Andersen's death has focused ...
Jan 29, 2004, 6:08 am - Lottery News forum

Minnesota Lottery Director Dies in Apparent Suicide
The longtime director of the Minnesota State Lottery apparently committed suicide Tuesday, a day after meeting with legislative auditors examining the lottery's operations, officials said.George R. Andersen, 53, had a wound that appeared to be from a knife, said Cmdr. Scott Malinosky of the Washington County sheriff's office. He said a note was recovered, but declined to describe it.Malinosky said authorities were called by Andersen's family about 7 a.m. after they found him outside their home n ...
Jan 27, 2004, 11:52 pm - Lottery News forum

Women's big Powerball win thrusts spotlight on small town
The last time so many TV trucks were in Holdingford was when Minnesota author Garrison Keillor visited the small town a few years ago, townspeople say.Until Monday, Holdingford probably was best known as a neighbor to Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon or as the Moonshine Capital of the Nation because a golden brew named Minnesota 13 was created there.But now, it'll be known as home to the luckiest lunch ladies.As a city of only about 700 people, everybody knows everybody else, residents say. Perh ...
Oct 28, 2003, 4:10 am - Lottery News forum

New Minnesota Lottery Game: Northstar Cash
At 6 a.m. this morning, the Minnesota State Lottery launched the Lottery's newest Minnesota only, daily all-cash lotto game called Northstar Cash. For $1 players select five numbers from 1 to 31 for a chance to win Northstar Cash's jackpot that will start at $25,000 and grow until it is won. Players can purchase up to 14 draws at one time. Northstar Cash fits well within our Online Game lineup, Lottery Director George Andersen said of the game. We think it will be popular with Lottery players ...
Oct 7, 2003, 5:33 am - Lottery News forum