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Hugo Lopez, who has been the director of the California State Lottery since 2015, stepped down on Friday. His resignation is effective immediately.
California Lottery Boss Resigns
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According to daily mail, The director of the California State Lottery has resigned after an audit uncovered his team’s lavish overspending and allegations spread of their drunken behavior during business trips.
The move comes nearly a year after an anonymous lottery employee sent a letter to then-Governor Jerry Brown’s office with photos of senior lottery officials’ lewd behavior.
‘These types of unprofessional shenanigans have become a regular practice of this management team when they travel to meetings,’ the employee said in the letter, which was written on Lottery stationery, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The employee urged Brown’s office to investigate, claiming senior Lottery leaders had also been using inappropriate language with their staff and showing favoritism in their hires and promotions.
Their letter prompted the State Controller’s Office to launch an expanded audit into the California State Lottery, uncovering more than $300,000 worth of improper or questionable spending over the last four years.
Auditors discovered Lottery officials had spent $16,940 on pens shaped like baseball bats, $14,065 for baseball caps, and $15,740 on duffel bags in 2017.
The agency also spent $21,666 on gifts for staff, including logo-branded T-shirts, backpacks, lip balm, and iPad cases.
Lottery officials identified the purchases as ‘learning aids’ and ‘training tools’, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Auditors identified $83,411 in improper hotel costs by employees despite the agency’s policy that employees cannot bill the company for a hotel stay if they live within 50 miles of an event.
One employee who only lived six miles from a conference spent three nights at a hotel, costing the agency $536.
The audit also discovered that $16,738 was spent on food and drinks at a non-mandatory after-hours meet-and-greet event with a contractor for the agency.
Lopez did not mention the auditor anonymous letter in his email. It remains unclear if he is retiring or taking a different job.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Hugo Lopez, director of California State Lottery since 2015, resigned on Friday
- The move comes nearly a year after an anonymous lottery employee sent a letter to then-Governor Jerry Brown’s office with photos of the team’s lewd behavior
- One photo showed a manager putting his head up a female staffer’s shirt after a group of senior state Lottery leaders visited a piano bar together in 2016
- Letter launched an audit into the California State Lottery, uncovering more than $300,000 worth of improper or questionable spending over the last four years
- Auditors discovered Lottery officials had spent $14,065 for baseball caps, $15,740 on duffel bags,$21,666 on gifts for staff like logo-branded lip balm