I’m a little late to this party, nothing new there, but I can’t let it pass without comment. I was pretty appalled by Chris’s report last week on sales employees winning the lottery, but I supposed that Lottery Director Tom Shaheen’s response was technically true. Still, “anything in life can happen” isn’t exactly an adequate explanation for why employees of sales outlets, and their family members, keep winning. We’re all so accustomed to needing to shower after reading about the Education Lottery that we pretty much just let that one go.
Rep. Pricey Harrison had her fill of the sleaze when she learned that lottery tickets are sold at check cashing joints, so she promptly introduced legislation to prevent that. Even lottery officials couldn’t bring themselves to oppose that so they didn’t. They did, however, come out against an amendment to that bill that would’ve prohibited employees of sales outlets from playing their numbers, as many other states do. Thanks to Mark Binker we know what little jewels passed Shaheen’s lips on this matter.
“‘The amendment, I guarantee you, will severely impact our return to education,’ said Lottery Director Tom Shaheen. He called reports about retailers playing the lottery in a fraudulent way over-blown.”
Oh, right, the children. It’s all about the children. Except when we need to take away some of the money that should go to the little darlings because sales aren’t what they’re supposed to be. And except for any other time they get in the way of the big old sleazy business of the NC Education Lottery. I guess we should just take Shaheen’s impact-as-a-verb word for it that the reports of sales centers’ winnings are “over-blown”. Why not? He’s certainly right about anything being possible in this world. Whenever I think our state lottery can’t get any trashier, it does. What are the odds?