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
Vermont paying $8,000 per month on unused lottery machines
Since last June, 25 lottery machines leased by the state of Vermont have gathered cobwebs in storage unplugged and unused at a cost of $8,000 a month.
That means the state has paid $72,000 in fees for nothing. And the tab is still mounting. Neither the governor nor legislators were happy to hear about the losing proposition.
I don't like that we're wasting money and having these machines sit idly, Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. His staff learned about the situation in February while workin ...
Apr 27, 2017, 2:37 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
New England's 'Lucky for Life' game to gain second lifetime prize
Lucky for Life, the multi-state draw game that offers lottery players throughout New England the opportunity to win up to $1,000 a day, every day, for their entire life, is going to get a lot more lively with the addition of another lifetime prize to its robust prize offerings.
Beginning with the September 19, 2013 drawing, Lucky for Life's second-tier prize will be elevated to a $25,000 a year for life payout, making it the only game in the country that offers two lifetime prizes. This new p ...
Sep 5, 2013, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
New Tri-State lottery game debuting Sunday
By Todd Northrop
A new pick 5-style lottery game called Gimme 5 goes on sale Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont the states that collectively are known as 'Tri-State'.
The first drawing for the new Gimme 5 game will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
The Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine Lotteries are once again joining together to offer our players a new draw game, said Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Lottery. Tri-State Gimme 5 is a fresh, easy-to-play game that car ...
May 9, 2013, 12:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont family turns losing lottery tickets into cash
The game's got a new name and some new rules, but when it comes to competing for cash prizes in the Vermont Lottery's second-chance, scratch-off ticket drawing, the money keeps rolling in for the Leamy family of Wilder.
Last week, when the $200 winners in the first drawing for the Play It Again game were announced, Joyce Leamy was on the list.
It was the 52nd time in six years that someone in the Leamy family has won prizes or cash for submitting a losing scratch-off Vermont Lottery ticket ...
Nov 6, 2012, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery appoints new Executive Director
Greg Smith, an executive with The Vermont Country Store, has been tapped to head the Vermont Lottery, replacing retiring Lottery Executive Director Alan Yandow.
Smith will take over the operation on June 7.
The Lottery Commission thanks Alan for his 14 years of exceptional service to Vermont, said Martha O'Connor, chair of the Vermont Lottery Commission. After the nationwide search, we are pleased to be moving forward with the appointment of Greg Smith.
I am honored to have been chos ...
Jun 1, 2012, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery announces new 'Play It Again' program
The Vermont Lottery announced today that it will launch a new program, Play It Again, in June, as a new way to participate in second chance drawings.
Play It Again will replace the current second chance drawing program, Recycle Win.
Doing away with the mailing in of non-winning tickets to the Lottery, Play It Again will allow players to simply go to the Vermont Lottery Website (www.vtlottery.com/playitagain) to enter their ticket numbers for quarterly online drawings.
In addition to the ...
May 18, 2012, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum
New England states start new lottery game Thursday
Updated Mar. 13, 2012, 11:12 am: New game replaces Weekly Grand Extra.
By Todd Northrop
For the first time ever, the six New England states will jointly run a multi-state lottery game, starting this week.
The new Lucky for Life regional draw game begins this Thursday, March 15 for the six following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massechusetts, and Rhode Island. Ticket sales for the new game started Sunday.
For Connecticut, the new Lucky for Life replaces a simila ...
Mar 13, 2012, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Vermont Lottery director to step down
The Vermont Lottery Commission today announced that long-time Executive Director Alan Yandow would not seek another biannual appointment to the position.
After nearly fourteen years as Executive Director, and working with three governors, Yandow will leave state service.
Yandow said, I step down from one of the most interesting positions in state government. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the State of Vermont and lottery players over the last fourteen years .
Governor Peter ...
Feb 24, 2012, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum