Turmoil: Connecticut Lottery interim CEO quits
Frank Farricker, the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s board chairman and interim CEO, resigned from both unpaid but influential positions Monday after drawing heavy criticism during a legislative inquiry into lottery officials' handling of the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash lottery game.
Saying that he hopes to help the lottery agency by ceasing any further distractions, Farricker wrote to the quasi-public agency's general counsel, Matthew Stone, and said he was quitting immediately.
I am proud to ...
May 15, 2017, 7:09 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery ignored warnings that game was vulnerable to fraud, investigation finds
Connecticut Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets but waited 10 months to notify the Department of Consumer Protection that fraud was occurring.
At a legislative hearing Tuesday morning Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s chairman and acting president, Frank Farricker, acknowledged that lottery officials put revenues over security issues concerning the game, ...
May 2, 2017, 4:38 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery settles 5 Card Cash dispute with vendor
Will receive $300,000 from Scientific Games, not $4M sought
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has agreed to settle for a fraction of the nearly $4.2 million it had claimed that Scientific Games, the international gambling giant, lost in last year's hacking of the popular 5 Card Cash instant game.
Frank Farricker, acting president of the lottery, said Monday that Scientific Games will provide about $300,000 to develop a new, more-secure operating system. The Las Vegas-based company has also agr ...
Nov 29, 2016, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Report finds no conspiracy in CT Lottery scandal
New details of how vendors outsmarted their lottery terminals and printed themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in instant, winning 5 Card Cash tickets, are revealed in the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s final assessment of the scandal.
Frank Farricker, chairman of the board overseeing the lottery, sent the eight-page assessment of the fraud to the state Department of Consumer Protection on Friday. The department regulates the lottery and investigates the wrongdoing.
In a Sunday intervi ...
Nov 1, 2016, 12:13 pm - Lottery News forum
These poker-playing robots can bluff better than humans
When it comes to understanding intelligence, the greatest challenge out there is not a Rubik's Cube, or chess, or even Go. These games are difficult in the sense that there are often many options, but they are still transparent: nothing is hidden; every bit of information is in front of you. The main obstacle is converting this perfect information into a strategy. There is a fixed set of rules out there, and if a computer can find them, it will achieve the optimal result in every game.
When G ...
Oct 1, 2016, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut men charged with rigging machines in lottery scheme
Investigators uncover more than 20 retailers suspected of cheating
State authorities continue to investigate the rigging of a Connecticut Lottery game they say increased the number of winning tickets and the payout to retailers.
One store, operated by two Wallingford men charged earlier this year, took in over $200,000 in additional prize payouts due to the scheme, authorities say.
Rahul Gandhi and Prakunj Patel, both of 37 Jobs Road, Wallingford, were arrested in March by the state Dep ...
Jul 13, 2016, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery aware of security problems before shutting down game
Months before Connecticut Lottery's 5 Card Cash game was suspended, lottery officials knew there was a security issue that eventually allowed the game to be rigged, according to a four-month investigation.
5 Card Cash, a combination instant-win/evening-draw game, was suspended on November 14, 2015 after it was discovered that retailers were using a flaw in the computer system to rig the game to buy only winning tickets. The problem was the printer, say state investigators. If retailers ordere ...
Jul 7, 2016, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Man to use lottery winnings to open new business
A Dodge City man plans to open his own truck repair shop with money he won playing the Kansas Lottery's Kansas Hold 'Em game.
Lottery officials said in a news release 34-year-old Andew Shong stopped at HD's Sports Bar in Dodge City a couple of weeks ago to grab a beer.
While I was there, I saw these two guys playing Kansas Hold'Em for $2 a hand, Shong said. I knew to win the maximum you have to wager $10 a hand so I told the bartender to give me one draw for $10.
Sally Lunsford with t ...
Feb 12, 2016, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
Suspended CT lottery game had too many winners
The Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection shut down the 5 Card Cash game after noticing there were more winners than the game's parameters should have allowed, and determining that some lottery agents were manipulating machines to print more winning tickets and fewer losers.
The investigation is ongoing, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said Friday afternoon, but lottery retailers found to have cheated could face criminal charges.
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Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery suspends 5 Card Cash sales after retailers found cheating
Game sales should resume next week
Includes video report
The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers might have been cheating the system.
According to Connecticut Lottery officials, some retailers might have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or exactly how the terminals were being manipulated.
The game was su ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum