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Texas Lottery Names Acting Director
A top official closely involved in an investigation into inflated Lotto Texas jackpot advertisements was named acting executive director of the lottery commission today.Gary Grief, who has worked for the Texas Lottery Commission since its creation, was promoted from deputy executive director. He will oversee day-to-day operations at the nation's third-largest lottery, replacing Executive Director Reagan Greer, who resigned Friday.Greer stepped down two weeks after admitting he approved a staff r ...
Jul 11, 2005, 11:16 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery changes won't come quickly
Lottery players who feel hoodwinked by the Texas Lottery Commission will have to wait another month before the agency changes rules that determine how much money Lotto Texas winners are paid.The commission today delayed adopting an amendment in the game's rules until next month and announced the formation of a search committee to consist of state government officials and members of the public who will aid the commission in finding a new executive director.The decisions came three days after the ...
Jul 11, 2005, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum

More Texas Lottery trouble:" Auditor's warning erased from report
Texas Lottery executives were warned in a draft audit last winter that their decision to gut the agency's security force and fire most of its officers threatened the lottery's security and integrity, but lottery officials never disclosed those findings publicly.A copy of the December draft obtained by the Houston Chronicle said that a reorganization ordered by lottery executives actually heightened the lottery's vulnerability to ticket theft, ticket counterfeiting and undetected fraud.But those ...
Jul 11, 2005, 1:33 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery Director Resigns Over Jackpot Scandal
The executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission resigned Friday, two weeks after admitting he had approved advertising Lotto Texas jackpots that were higher than ticket sales could support.Reagan Greer had overseen the nation's third-largest lottery since February 2003. In recent days, it has become clear that intense, ongoing efforts to restore Texans' confidence in the lottery can best be advanced through a change of leadership, Greer wrote in letter of resignation.Greer said he had si ...
Jul 9, 2005, 10:41 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Gov. expects panel to correct lottery problems
Texas Gov. Rick Perry expects the three-member panel that oversees the Texas lottery to get that agency straightened out during next week's closed-door meeting on whether to replace the top executives, the governor's spokesman said Thursday. The governor is obviously concerned when any branch of the state government doesn't level with the taxpayers of Texas, deputy press secretary Robert Black said. Honesty is important to the public trust. Black said Perry was troubled by reports that lotte ...
Jul 8, 2005, 3:30 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas lottery director stands firm amid attacks
Reagan Greer, the Texas Lottery Commission's embattled executive director who signed off on four inflated Lotto jackpots, shows no sign he will cave in to pressure and resign.Greer has asked the state auditor to conduct an investigation into the agency's policies and practices, particularly in personnel matters. I would like your office to provide me with an objective perspective on these matters, including any recommendations you might have to improve our agency in this area, Greer said in par ...
Jul 8, 2005, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum

Texas lottery panel will consider dismissing director
The three-person panel that oversees the Texas Lottery Commission will meet behind closed doors Monday to decide whether the agency's executive director should be fired for inflating the advertised jackpots for the popular Lotto Texas game.Lottery Commission Chairman C. Thomas Clowe said Tuesday that he could not comment on the matter. But in two public meetings in less than a week, Clowe has harshly criticized Executive Director Reagan Greer, saying that he had deceived the lottery-playing publ ...
Jul 6, 2005, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery chief may lose job over jackpot snafu
The Texas Lottery Commission's executive director may lose his job and six other employees may be reassigned following revelations that the agency inflated jackpot estimates, according to a posted agenda.Commissioners may meet in executive session July 11 to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of executive director Reagan Greer, the agenda posted Friday states.The notice also indicates the commission may discuss the reassignment of ...
Jul 2, 2005, 11:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery executive had no hint before firing
Weighing his words carefully when asked if he was the fall guy in the growing scandal over inflated Texas Lotto jackpots, Lee Deviney said only that his dismissal last month from the Texas Lottery Commission came with no prior warning. In any job you have good days and bad, but the majority of time I felt (my bosses) were happy with me, Deviney said by telephone Thursday while vacationing with his family in Colorado.Happy enough, he said, that he was awarded a 4 percent raise last October and a ...
Jul 1, 2005, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery chief could face punishment for inflated jackpots
The Texas Lottery Commission chairman laid blame for inflated lottery jackpots squarely on the agency's chief Wednesday, hinting to state lawmakers that executive director Reagan Greer could be punished.Chairman C. Tom Clowe was asked by members of the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee who specifically had deceived lottery players by advertising phony estimated jackpots four times since last fall.Mr. Clowe answered: The person who made the decision [to sign off on the esti ...
Jul 1, 2005, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum