CT Lottery security chief on paid leave following review of botched raffle draw

CT Lottery security chief on paid leave following review of botched raffle draw

The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has positioned its $139,000-a-year 12 months security director, Alfred DuPuis, on a paid leave pending conceivable disciplinary motion after an inner investigation concluded that he “acted with gross neglect… of his duties” main as much as a million-dollar blunder in a Jan. 1 drawing.

(See Connecticut Lottery pressured to redraw particular New Year’s raffle after ‘human error’, Lottery Post, Jan. 2, 2018.)

Interim lottery CEO Chelsea Turner imposed the leave Thursday. That was once identical day she and the lottery’s board of administrators despatched the governor and different state officers a 138-page investigative file detailing how 100,000 of 214,601 eligible tickets have been excluded from the choice of within the New Year’s Super Draw sport. The mistake led to a do-over drawing on Jan. 16 and a loss of about $1 million.

DuPuis, a 21-year lottery veteran, could not be reached for remark on the file — which Government Watch got Friday by means of a Freedom of Information request.

The file’s strongly worded allegation may just jeopardize DuPuis’ place as one of the lottery’s highest-ranking managers — and it was once just one of a number of new tendencies certain to extend greater than 12 months’s turmoil on the quasi-public company that raises $330 million in annual state income from $1.2 billion in price tag gross sales.

Here’s what else is occurring:

  • Disciplinary motion is being thought to be in opposition to two DuPuis subordinates, drawing manager Valerie Guglielmo and investigator Robert Balicki, each of whom served on a five-member workforce that botched the Jan. 1 drawing. They’ve been on paid leaves since Jan. 2. Thursday’s file stated that Guglielmo, who’s paid $89,000, entered the flawed price tag numbers right into a random number-generating pc and “acted with reckless disregard for the integrity of the game.” Balicki, paid $77,000 a 12 months, “acted with serious neglect in the execution of his duties,” the file stated.
  • The president of the union representing Guglielmo and Balicki, John DiSette of the Administrative and Residual Employees Union (A&R), stated Saturday that “the adverse outcome was the result of systemic deficiencies, not misconduct or negligence. The employees involved are all highly respected, experienced, and dedicated employees who performed within the guidelines approved for them.” He stated the file displays that there are “some simple steps that could be taken to resolve the systemic problems.”
  • State Rep. Joe Verrengia, co-chairman of a legislative committee that oversees legalized playing, stated Thursday that he does not assume Turner, a lottery supervisor who has been intervening time CEO since mid-2017, will have to be employed as everlasting CEO. She’s a finalist for that activity, along side out-of-state candidates, and the lottery’s board reportedly was once leaning towards providing her the everlasting activity days sooner than the Jan. 1 drawing crisis. But, Verrengia stated:”The only way to remove the cloud” over the company “is to hire an outside, experienced CEO [with] credentials to run a billion-dollar organization.” Turner declined remark instead of pronouncing she respects Verrengia’s opinion.
  • Turner and different peak lottery team of workers are recommending the firing of Marcum LLP, a countrywide accounting company that has about 12 months left on a three-year contract because the lottery’s out of doors auditor. The lottery’s board is scheduled to make a decision Thursday whether or not to terminate the contract that paid Marcum $60,800 in 2017. One of Marcum’s accountants, Keith Lewis, served as an observer on the five-member Jan. 1 drawing workforce to make certain that “Official Drawing Procedures… are followed” — and so they obviously were not.
  • Lottery officers requested again and again to speak to Lewis of their investigation of the Jan. 1 drawing snafu, however “Marcum never made Mr. Lewis available… for an in-person interview,” the file stated. Instead, Lewis’ responses have been relayed to the lottery in writing via Marcum’s common suggest, Leslie Adler. The lottery “is pursuing its legal options regarding [Marcum],” the file stated.
  • Twelve days after the Jan. 1 crisis, Marcum billed the lottery for Lewis’ participation on the drawing workforce. “On January 13, 2018, despite not yet having responded to the [lottery’s] multiple requests to speak with or receive answers from Mr. Lewis, Marcum emailed… an invoice for $3,000” — including that the lottery “disputes the… invoice.” Lewis’ participation was once a facet activity along with Marcum’s auditing contract that was once extendable as much as 3 years.

While Thursday’s file stated the lottery is “considering whether disciplinary… action is warranted” for DuPuis, Guglielmo and Balicki, it additionally stated they were not the one ones with duty for the mistake. It stated Guglielmo and Balicki have been joined on the five-member drawing workforce via Lewis and via two staff of the Department of Consumer Protection, Christine Komorowski and Atanu Ahmed.

“[T]he entire Drawing Team should have caught the error,” the file stated.

A Group Screw-Up

The DCP, which serves because the state executive’s regulator of the lottery company, admitted in an investigative file of its personal — launched an afternoon sooner than the lottery’s file — that it stocks within the blame.

“The investigation concluded that the error occurred as a result of the Drawing Team [that DCP was part of] deviating from approved official drawing procedures,” the DCP file stated.

Komorowski and Ahmed are nonetheless on the activity however were got rid of via DCP from participation in lottery drawings. “There’s been no final decision about disciplinary action at this time,” DCP’s communications director, Lora Rae Anderson, stated Saturday.

State worker unions constitute the DCP’s Komorowski and Ahmed and the lottery’s Guglielmo and Balicki. But DuPuis, as a top-ranking supervisor, is not represented via a union.

Lottery board chairman Donald DeFronzo stated Friday that lottery officers will sparsely believe explanations for what came about sooner than deciding bout self-discipline, including that DuPuis has had “a very good work record over the years.”

The DCP’s Anderson stated the Jan. 1 drawing blunder came about this fashion:

  • The 5 individuals of the drawing workforce had the ease of illustrated directions — within the shape of published “Official Drawing Procedures” — for a way to go into the proper low and high price tag numbers into the digital number-generating gadget that randomly selects the winners.
  • Those published procedures emphasised that price tag numbers went upward from a low of 100001 — so the second one price tag can be 100002, the 3rd 100003, and so on. With, 214,601 tickets offered, the variety of eligible tickets will have to were 100001 on the low finish, and 314601 on the peak.
  • But the lottery worker who led the workforce 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.

That rationalization, first given in January, nonetheless stands — however the brand new investigative studies via the lottery and DCP have added every other wrinkle: They say that the lottery’s Guglielmo, who entered the numbers into the gadget, had created an unofficial “checklist,” which, even if meant to keep away from errors, contributed to the mistake.

As instructed within the lottery’s file, Guglielmo, who was once officially designated as “primary drawing performer,” requested and gained DuPuis’ permission to create the concise, two-page “checklist” derived from the long “Official Drawing Procedures.” DCP officers have been even consulted about what will have to be on the tick list.

But the general model of her tick list, which she used on the drawing, did not come with the similar sort of specific, illustrated emphasis on a step within the process by which the entire of tickets offered will have to be adjusted upward via 100,000.

“The primary factor that led to the drawing team missing this critical step is that instead of using the Drawing Procedures, the drawing team used an unofficial and unapproved checklist,” the lottery’s file stated. “The checklist omitted the adjustment of the ticket number range entry. The Drawing Procedures, in stark contrast, clearly describe the necessary adjustment, and even include screenshots of what the adjustment looks like on the RNG [Random Number Generator] screen. If the drawing team had been following the Drawing Procedures, as required, then the probability of this particular error occurring is practically zero.”

The DCP file, for its section, stated that even supposing the drawing workforce “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.”

One of the lottery file’s suggestions is that, at some point, price tag numbers will have to get started with 000001 — getting rid of the wish to regulate upward via 100,000.

Accountants Deny Blame

The tick list looms massive in Marcum’s protection of Lewis’ movements on the Jan. 1 drawing. Adler, the overall suggest for Marcum, stated in a Jan. 29 letter to the lottery that Lewis was once passed the tick list and was once suggested via a DCP consultant “to follow the checklist” — even supposing Lewis had in his ownership a replica of the whole set of illustrated procedures and had stated he meant to make use of them.

“THE DCP’S INSISTENCE ON THE USE OF THE CHECKLIST CAUSED THE ISSUE WITH THE… DRAWING,” Adler stated in a daring heading above the concluding paragraphs of her letter. “Put simply, Marcum had no responsibility for the error,” she wrote.

But the DCP’s Anderson stated Adler’s letter is flawed on two counts. First, she stated, it was once now not a DCP consultant who gave Lewis the tick list, however a lottery consultant. Second, Anderson stated, an legit video of the drawing displays that no person within the room — nobody from both the lottery or the DCP — instructed Marcum’s consultant “to use a checklist as a replacement for the official game procedures.”

Even regardless that DuPuis authorised Guglielmo to create the tick list, he instructed her to not display it to the Marcum accountant, Lewis, as a result of “the accountant was supposed to use only the Drawing Procedures,” the file stated. But the file stated Guglielmo gave Lewis the tick list anyway — even if she stated in a testimony that she instructed him to “only use the Drawing Procedures.”

The lottery file says that the drawing video displays “a sidebar conversation” involving Guglielmo and Lewis that gave the impression to be “about the Checklist. Ms.Guglielmo says something about ‘Fred’ but adds ‘I can give it to you anyway.'” Then “Ms. Guglielmo hands Mr. Lewis the Checklist as she says ‘Here, just follow along for now.'”

The lottery’s file stated that DuPuis gave contradictory details about whether or not such checklists had ever been utilized in earlier Connecticut Super Draw video games — that are particular video games presented at rather rare durations; simply 14 of them, together with the Jan. 1 mistaken drawing, were carried out since 2010.

It became out that no checklists had ever been utilized in Connecticut Super Draw video games, the file stated. But, it added: “Mr. DuPuis contradicts his original signed Affidavit when he provided… a handwritten note, dated 01/25/2018, which reads in pertinent part: ‘We used a checklist from the start of CSD’s (attached).’ Mr. DuPuis attached an undated, incomplete, single page” of an previous tick list — which have been rejected and not used.

Meanwhile, Verrengia stated he plans to carry an investigative listening to into the drawing snafu this coming Thursday in his function as co-chairman of the General Assembly’s public protection committee. The committee held two hearings remaining May into issues that plagued the lottery after former CEO Anne Noble stepped down right through a DCP investigation right into a fraud scandal involving lottery shops who compromised the five Card Cash sport 3 years in the past. Thursday’s committee listening to shall be at 11 a.m. within the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Updated: February 18, 2018 — 6:33 am

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