Indiana Lottery Scam Calls Into Question Judgment of State Officials


An Indiana prosecutor said this week that Hoosier Lottery officials knew for months there were potential problems with a scratch-off game, but failed to notify police about their suspicions of a possible scam, reports the Indianapolis Star. A day after charging ex-security agent William C. Foreman and two other men with stealing from the lottery, the prosecutor said an informant, rather than lottery officials, alerted his office to the scheme. “There were no efforts by anyone in the lottery to bring this to law enforcement,” said Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

A former security officer for the Hoosier Lottery was accused this week of conspiring with two other men to rig a $1 million scratch-off game. Prosecutors say William C. Foreman told two men that a winning ticket in the “$2,000,000 Bonus Spectacular” game had been sent to a store in Cross Plains, Ind. One of those men then went to that store and bought its entire supply of the game’s $20 tickets — about $700 worth, according to court documents. Lottery Director Jack Ross defended his agency, saying, “I had the option of either paying the ticket or leveling a very serious allegation. I did not have the evidence to level that serious allegation.”


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