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CT consumer protection agency issues investigative report about botched raffle drawing

CT consumer protection agency issues investigative report about botched raffle drawing

An investigative report at the $1.375 million, New Year’s Day lottery blunder spreads blame a few of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), and a countrywide accounting company employed to ship an observer to the drawing to ensure that correct procedures had been adopted.

But that accounting company, Marcum LLP, is denying all culpability within the snafu regardless of a freelance with the lottery company requiring it to “[o]bserve] that… the Lottery’s Official Drawing Procedures … are followed by the drawing personnel.”

“Put simply, Marcum had no responsibility for the error in the drawing of the Connecticut Lottery Super Draw Game… on Jan. 1,” Leslie Adler, the company’s normal suggest, wrote Jan. 29 to the lottery company.

Marcum’s statement of non-responsibility clashes with the investigative findings of DCP, which Thursday issued the report on its investigation of the Jan. 1 drawing crisis in its position because the state’s regulator of the quasi-public lottery company.

Marcum’s identify comes up many times within the seven-page investigative report by means of DCP Gaming Director William Ryan and DCP investigator James Jepsen. The report says a five-member staff that botched the Jan. 1 drawing incorporated a Marcum consultant and two staff every from the lottery company and DCP.

“The investigation concluded that the error occurred as a result of the Drawing Team deviating from approved official drawing procedures,” the DCP report mentioned, including that “safeguards failed for this particular game.”

That discovering and others in Thursday’s report parallel contemporary media studies about how the Jan. 1 drawing went awry. The DCP’s communications director, Lora Rae Anderson, has mentioned it came about this fashion:

  • The five-member staff for the drawing had the good thing about illustrated directions — within the type of published “Official Drawing Procedures” — for a way to go into the proper low and high price ticket numbers into the digital device that selects the winners.
  • Those published procedures emphasised that price ticket numbers went upward from a low of 100001 — so the second one price ticket can be 100002, the 3rd 100003, and so forth. With, 214,601 tickets bought, the variability of eligible tickets must had been 100001 on the low finish, and 314601 on the most sensible.
  • But the lottery worker who led the staff as an alternative entered 214601 as the highest quantity, omitting the 100,000 tickets numbered from 214602 via 314601. And the DCP and Marcum representatives did not catch the mistake.

However, Marcum now could be denying any duty within the Jan. 29 letter that Adler, its normal suggest, despatched to the lottery. Her letter surfaced for the primary time Thursday as one in every of a number of reveals connected to the report.

Adler mentioned that Marcum’s member of the drawing staff, Keith Lewis, has said that on the Jan. 1 drawing at a lottery company in Rocky Hill, he used to be passed a two-page “checklist” by means of some of the DCP’s representatives at the staff. The tick list used to be now not as detailed or as well-illustrated as the whole “Official Drawing Procedures.”

The DCP consultant steered Lewis “to follow the checklist” — despite the fact that Lewis had in his ownership a duplicate of the whole set of illustrated procedures, and had mentioned he supposed to make use of them, Adler wrote within the Jan. 29 letter.

“THE DCP’S INSISTENCE ON THE USE OF THE CHECKLIST CAUSED THE ISSUE WITH THE… DRAWING,” Adler mentioned in a daring heading above the concluding paragraphs of her Jan. 29 letter. She added: “What should be clear… is that the DCP[-]provided ‘Checklist’ caused the error in the drawing.”

However, the DCP’s report Thursday gave a miles other account.

It mentioned that the “checklist” used to be produced by means of the lottery company, now not DCP — and that despite the fact that the drawing staff “was permitted to use a checklist to assist with the Drawing, it was not an official, approved document and did not replace the Official Drawing Procedures.”

Asked about Adler’s assertions on behalf of Marcum Thursday, Anderson mentioned that the DCP’s discovering is according to a video taken of the drawing — and, she added, “At no point in the video of the drawing does DCP hand Marcum staff a checklist, nor does anyone direct Marcum staff to use a checklist as a replacement for the official game procedures.”

Thursday’s DCP report mentioned that Marcum “has not responded to DCP’s requests for documents and other information,” in addition to “multiple requests to interview the Marcum employee that was on the Drawing Team” — this is, Lewis.

The lottery company is operating on a separate investigation into the Jan. 1 drawback, however has but to factor any report. It held a makeup drawing in mid-January that value an extra $1.375 million in prize cash however nonetheless has left many lottery gamers offended.

The lottery company paid Marcum $60,800 in 2017 as its common out of doors accountant. The heavyweight accounting company has places of work from coast to coast together with 4 in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Verrengia, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s public protection committee, says he’s going to name an investigative listening to at the drawing snafu in coming weeks, including explicit focal point can be Marcum — which he says must endure some monetary duty.

The lottery company’s meantime CEO, Chelsea Turner, has now not commented on whether or not her agency thinks Marcum must be held financially accountable.

Updated: February 16, 2018 — 7:17 pm

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