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
Former security chief grilled by CT Lottery lawyer at hearing
Fallout from 2018 botched raffle draw continues
A hearing on an ex-lottery official's whistleblower complaint grew heated Wednesday over the question of why a Connecticut Lottery Corp. drawing team entered the wrong numbers into a computerized random number generator on Jan. 1, 2018, in a million-dollar blunder that required a do-over drawing two weeks later and has never stopped causing trouble since.
Wednesday's heat arose from lottery lawyer Jim Shea's cross-examination of Alfred DuPuis ...
Apr 4, 2019, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery chief questioned by lawmakers over mishaps, computerized drawings
By Jon Lender
State lawmakers grilled Connecticut Lottery Corp. officials Thursday at a legislative hearing about long-running controversies including their alleged retaliation against former lottery security chief Alfred W. DuPuis, who says he was the victim of a vendetta for raising questions in 2015 about the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash game, and their alleged lack of cooperation with the state Department of Consumer Protection that regulates them.
On top of that, Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-We ...
Jan 25, 2019, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
$2.7 billion El Gordo Christmas 2018 lottery drawing held in Spain
Includes video report
Those holding ticket number 03347 struck it rich Saturday when they won the top prize in Spain's famous Christmas lottery.
The lottery, known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, dished out 2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) in prize money this year. The top prize for a winning ticket was 400,000 euros ($455,000), but there were many smaller prizes.
Here the people are celebrating a lot, it's the first time that the top prize for the Christmas lottery has fallen here, Luis Sori ...
Dec 23, 2018, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Some players unhappy with UK Lotto game changes
Loss of Millionaire Raffle rankles Scots
The United Kingdom National Lottery is facing a boycott from outraged Scottish players who branded the Lotto game's prize draw an absolute con after lottery operator Camelot changed its rules.
Lotto bosses have come under fire for scrapping the Lotto Millionaire Raffle which awarded a 1 million payout twice a week.
Since the canceled game add-on was a raffle and not a lotto draw, there was a guaranteed 1 million prize winner every drawing, rather ...
Dec 3, 2018, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
New CT lottery chief draws flak over his response to auditors' report on Jan. 1 drawing disaster
The Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s new president and CEO, Gregory Smith, was hired this past July amid hopes of a fresh start for the agency that was hit by a million-dollar mistake in a Jan. 1 drawing, after enduring two years of turmoil following a fraud scandal that shut down the 5 Card Cash game in 2015.
But Smith has quickly been drawn into a controversy stemming from those very same problems after writing a letter to two key state legislators in which he defended the lottery agency for act ...
Nov 26, 2018, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Chase the Ace lottery dispute settled between aunt and nephew
A family dispute over a $1.2 million lottery prize won in July was settled Monday after a five-hour settlement conference.
In July, Barbara Reddick of Guysborough and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay were announced as the winners of the $1.2 million prize in the Chase the Ace lottery held in Margaree Forks.
Immediately following the presentation, Reddick served verbal notice to her nephew that she was taking him to court to claim the full prize. They each received $611,319.50.
Sep 17, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery botched raffle draw results
Winning tickets worth millions may have been discarded
Five players in a UK National Lottery raffle missed out on becoming millionaires after a technical fault on its website hid winning tickets, it can be revealed.
A temporary page on the National Lottery website hid raffle prizes worth 5.45 million (US$7 million) from players in a 2016 Lotto Olympic Medal Draw, meaning winners may have been misled into discarding winning tickets they thought were worthless.
Gambling watchdogs have hit ...
Aug 26, 2018, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery official disciplined for botched raffle draw claims lottery has vendetta against him
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. opened 2018 with a million dollar blunder at a Jan. 1 drawing, and months of controversy followed. But that seemed to die down as the agency recently reported a record $345 million in revenue on $1.2 billion in annual ticket sales, and took a step toward normality last month by hiring Gregory Smith, the acting Illinois lottery chief, to fill its long-vacant CEO position.
However, the surface calm is deceiving. There's still big trouble.
It comes in the form of ...
Aug 5, 2018, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Aunt threatens to sue nephew over lottery jackpot
Includes video report
A woman awarded half of a $1.2 million lottery prize in Nova Scotia says her nephew is dead to her after he took half of the prize money, and that she only wrote his name on the ticket for good luck. Meanwhile, at least one lawyer says she may have a case.
Barb Reddick and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, each received checks for $611,319.50 on Thursday after a $1,222,639 ticket with both their names on it was pulled Wednesday night at a Chase the Ace draw in Margaree, N. ...
Jul 14, 2018, 9:17 am - Lottery News forum