Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley resigns
Will stay on in current role until August 3
By Kate Northrop
As of August 3, 2020, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley will be moving on from the Lottery to pursue other opportunities.
In an email sent on Monday, Woosley notified Larry Walther, the Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, that he would be resigning. According to Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the department, the resignation was completely voluntary.
It has been an absolut ...
Jul 15, 2020, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
A reporter won the lottery and quit her job, live on air — only to find the payout was about $5,500
A Spanish television reporter appeared to celebrate and quit her job on live television after realizing she had a winning El Gordo lottery ticket. It was a decision for which she would later apologize.
On Sunday, Valencia community journalist Natalia Escudero was covering Spain's annual Christmas lottery, called El Gordo (The Fat One), when she found out that she was also a winner.
The state-run lottery is the world's richest draw, boasting 2.24 billion euros (about $2.43 billion) in prize ...
Dec 26, 2019, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery director resigns amid investigations
California State Lottery Director Hugo Lopez is stepping down immediately, he announced in an email to lottery staff on Friday.
Lopez has led the department since 2015. It's been under scrutiny from the Department of Justice and the State Controller's Office since August, when anonymous employees sent a letter to former Gov. Jerry Brown's office alleging misconduct among senior executives at sales conferences.
Lopez in his message said he was proud of the department's performance, particul ...
Jun 10, 2019, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery boss quits, raising issue of public records on personal accounts
Daniel Rachek, the head of Vermont's lottery, has resigned less than a year after taking the job.
His temporary replacement, Gary Kessler, who was appointed to run the lottery in mid-September, says that Rachek's departure means the department is unable to retrieve public records that may be on his personal accounts or devices.
Rachek started the job on Nov. 13, 2017. A job posting for his replacement went up on Nov. 6 this year.
He found a job that paid better that suited his skill se ...
Nov 14, 2018, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery Director resigns day after sports betting goes live
The director of the West Virginia Lottery has resigned.
Alan Larrick's resignation became effective Saturday, Gov. Jim Justice said.
After the successful launch of sports gaming at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town yesterday (Thursday), Alan Larrick informed Gov. Jim Justice that he would step down as the director of the West Virginia Lottery effective Sept. 1, 2018, the release from the governor's office said.
Justice appointed Larrick in January 2017. Larrick, a Beckley native, wa ...
Sep 2, 2018, 4:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery gets new director Jan. 1
Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford, who has headed the agency that raises money for the HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten classes since 2012, is retiring from her post.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he is nominating Gretchen Corbin, the commissioner of the state's technical college system, to replace Alford. Corbin was previously commissioner of the state's Department of Community Affairs. The lottery board will vote on the recommendation, but the vote is typically a formali ...
Nov 28, 2017, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Lottery director accused of gender discrimination
Director resigned in September
An outside investigation into complaints of a hostile workplace at the Washington state Lottery has found that the agency's director treats female employees differently than their male counterparts, calling them criers and excluding them from key discussions.
The preponderance of the evidence came following interviews with 11 women at the agency concerning Lottery Director Bill Hanson, according to the report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through ...
Oct 12, 2017, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
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
Former MUSL official received severance amid lottery jackpot scandal
A prominent lottery official who was stripped of power after a subordinate allegedly carried out a prolonged jackpot-rigging scheme received a $284,000 severance payment, a recent tax filing shows.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) made the payment to its longtime executive director Chuck Strutt as part of a voluntary termination agreement signed March 31, according to its 2016 tax return. The filing, released by the group in response to a request by The AP, also reveals that its leg ...
Jan 10, 2017, 10:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery Director resigns
The Vermont Lottery Commission (VLC) announced today the resignation of Executive Director, Greg Smith, effective October 14th. Smith is pursuing another opportunity after running Vermont's Lottery for over four years.
During Smith's tenure, Vermont Lottery sales and profits have grown by almost 20%, resulting in over $26M being contributed to Vermont's Education Fund in the last fiscal year. VLC Board Chairperson, Martha O'Connor, said, We are sorry to see Greg go but understand his decision ...
Sep 27, 2016, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum