Trouble With The Lottery

Posted in Privatization, Commentary, Around The State at 11:57 am by wcnews

It’s hard to tell if the lottery is mismanaged and corrupt because the governor wants to sell it or if it’s just incompetence or greed.

Kickbacks alleged at lottery commission:

The Travis County district attorney’s office confirmed Tuesday that it has launched a criminal investigation after an allegation that someone affiliated with the Texas Lottery Commission may have solicited kickbacks from a financial planning firm that helped some Lotto Texas winners manage their money.

There goes that partisan Travis County DA again.

Sluggish sales force lottery to use general account for prizes:

Lottery players didn’t snap up enough Texas Two Step tickets to pay for the prizes won in Monday night’s drawing, forcing state officials to dip into another account to reward the winners.

There’s no guarantee that the governor’s proposed privatization scheme would have fixed this. The difference would be that the DA would be investigating the corporation that did the best job of lobbying the governor to get the contract instead of cronies appointed by the governor.

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