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Texas Lottery officials testify that public was deceived
Texas Lottery Commission Chairman C. Thomas Clowe told lawmakers Wednesday that the public was deceived by recently inflated jackpot estimates and vowed the agency would take action to keep it from happening again.Clowe said lottery Executive Director Reagan Greer was responsible for the deception but declined to say if he should be fired. This was a deception, and it was wrong, said Clowe, who opened nearly four hours of testimony on the inflated jackpots before the House Licensing and Adminis ...
Jun 30, 2005, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery Whistleblower Fired
The scandal embroiling the Texas Lottery Commission over inflated jackpot estimates intensified Wednesday when top agency officials acknowledged firing a colleague who only days earlier warned ticket sales would fall short of advertised amounts.Mike Fernandez, the commission's administrator, called horrendous the timing of the dismissal of Lee Deviney, the agency's chief financial officer.But he denied there was any connection between Deviney's firing and an e-mail Deviney sent his superiors l ...
Jun 30, 2005, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum

Texas lawmakers to grill lottery officials about inflated jackpots
Texas lottery officials could face tough questions and some nasty wrist-slapping today when they testify before lawmakers about inflating several Texas Lotto jackpot estimates.But they would face more scrutiny under a bill filed Tuesday that forces the lottery to comply with laws against deceptive trade practices.Sen. Jane Nelson said recent revelations that lottery officials advertised bigger jackpots than they could afford to pay out jeopardize the integrity of the game and the government that ...
Jun 29, 2005, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery chief admits jackpots were inflated
[Editor: After reading the story, be sure to watch the video report that follows, which provides interesting interviews of the key individuals in this report.]If you've been playing Texas Lotto lately, you may have been playing for less than you thought.Texas Lottery officials admitted Friday they inflated their jackpot numbers on four separate occasions. I will be studying it very closely and clearly to be sure this doesn't happen again, Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan Greer ...
Jun 27, 2005, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin couple to be investigated for excessive lottery wins
A state lawmaker has asked for an audit to determine how a Bonduel, Wisconsin couple won three dozen second-chance state lottery drawings since 2000.In 5½ years, Jeffrey B. and Lisa M. Hintz have won more than $40,000 in second-chance drawings, including $5,000 from five consecutive weekly drawings this March and April.Since 2000, they've won another $26,000 from scratch-off tickets, other lottery games and the lottery's since-canceled television game show. In all, they have collected mor ...
May 12, 2005, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum

'Prize closet' for Illinois Lottery employees discovered
The Illinois Lottery solicited donations of MP3 players, airline ticket vouchers, video game systems and other goodies from radio and television stations it advertised with, then used the items to create a prize closet for lottery employees, a state audit revealed on Wednesday. During this engagement it came to our attention that the Lottery has operated a 'prize closet' dating back to 1989 and possibly longer, said Auditor General William Holland's report.According to the audit, a letter sol ...
May 6, 2005, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum

Colorado Lottery gift scandal continues
The upheaval in the Colorado lottery office over gifts just won't go away.The latest controversy involves warning letters sent to 13 lottery employees charging that they didn't, as required, report gifts given to them by vendors.Michael Cooke, director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which oversees the state lottery, said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation cross-checked records provided by vendors regarding gifts they had given lottery employees against the gift reports employees filed ...
Jun 4, 2004, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum

Minnesota lottery chief's suicide note: 'Pity me, blame no one else'
Before committing suicide in January, Minnesota State Lottery Director George Andersen left handwritten notes encouraging his family to not look back. He said he thought lottery operations were proper and am told they are not. Pity me, blame no one else. He added in another note: I must carry the burden and it is too much. . . . Andersen, 53, had run the lottery since it started in 1990 and had done so with little legislative oversight. The state Legislative Auditor reported recently that t ...
Mar 26, 2004, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum

Autopsy: Minnesota lottery director died of overdose
The longtime director of the Minnesota State Lottery, who committed suicide in January during a legislative review of the lottery's operations, died from an overdose of pain medication, a final autopsy report found.Earlier reports had said he died of hypothermia in freezing weather after cutting his wrists.Toxicology tests show that George Andersen took a fatal dose of hydrocodone, more commonly known as Vicodin, the medical examiner's office said Thursday.Andersen, 53, was found lying outside h ...
Mar 26, 2004, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum

Vendor defends perks for Colorado lottery workers
The company that makes scratch-game tickets for the Colorado Lottery defended Friday its purchase of trips and entertainment for Lottery employees.In fact, Scientific Games is required to pay for those items under the terms of its contract with the Colorado Lottery, said company spokesman Martin Schloss.The Colorado Lottery has been under a cloud since the Dec. 1 release of a state audit that found the agency had excessive expenses and questionable accounting practices. Questions also have been ...
Dec 22, 2003, 6:01 am - Lottery News forum