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  • Gambling in New York

    A four-part series with three sidebars looking at the winners and losers in New York State's 40-year experiment with gambling as a creator of state revenue and jobs. The series was timed to appear as the state's voters considered whether to open New York to full-scale gambling.
  • Gaming the system

    A series of reports in The News & Observer showed how concentrated power benefitted legislative leaders and special interests at the public's expense. It has led to new and tightened ethics standards, criminal probes, resignations and pledges to open up legislative proceedings. The reporters found corruption in the state lottery commissioner's office and lavish favors from lobbyists to legislators.
  • Secret lottery foundation/ governor's house

    The Register investigates the political and business activities of Don Siegelman, Alabama's governor. Part of the stories focus on "secret fund-raising activities by the governor through what was thought to be a dormant nonprofit foundation to support a state lottery initiative," according to the contest entry summary. The rest of the stories reveal how a longtime supporter of the governor, using his accountant as a straw man, has bought Siegelman's private residence in Montgomery, Ala., for twice its appraised value.
  • The Poor Pay More

    In a two-part study of the Illinois State Lottery by The Chicago Reporter, an analysis of their records since 1977 shows that predominantly African American or Latino, low-income Chicago communities have generated the highest lottery sales in the state. In addition, residents in these communities have spent a higher proportion of their incomes on the lottery than people in more affluent areas.
  • At Your Expense

    WFXT reports on how "Massachusetts state lottery workers travel out of state at taxpayer expense." Through a hidden camera investigation the story details the leisure activities of the lottery director and eights lottery workers during a 5-day conference which has cost the taxpayers $13,000. The reporter shows how during the conference the lottery participants have missed important lessons about preventing compulsive gambling, considered an important issue in Massachusetts.
  • Inside the Games

    The series provide an in-depth look at a world recognized but few understood -- the 25-year-old, billion-dollar business of the state lottery. A detailed analysis of statewide spending patterns showed that the poor spent a disproportionate amount of their income on the lottery. Because of a change in one game's odds, and industry trends, the number of people who won a million dollars or more had sharply decreased.
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    Providence Journal-Bulletin investigation into the state lottery leads to the dismissal of director of the lottery, investigations by the attorney general, state auditor and state Ethics Commission and the cancellation of a contract that would have put the state gambling agency in the television bingo business. (March-November 1996)
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    Controversey hits after ongoing reports of state officials taking trips at taxpayer expense. They say the trips are "educational." So ABC 6 News sent two undercover producers to document exactly what state lottery officials did on a tip to Las Vegas, supposedly to study lotteries. It was a three day conference, but they billed the state for a six day trip. Out fo the entire trip, one official spent just 2 hours in the lottery classes. Another spent 20 minutes. The fallout of the story led to tow proposed laws for reform, and one lottery official was stripped of his raise. (Nov. 22, 23, 24, 27 & 28, 1995)
  • The Poor Tax

    Lansing (Mich.) State Journal finds that while the state lottery was originally pitched as a way to add revenue for education, schools are seeing little increase; people in poor areas of town give disproportionately to the lottery, yet see even less in return.
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    Booth Newspapers analyzes who buys tickets for the state lottery, how the lottery games are marketed, and to what extent lottery sales have benefited education in Michigan, Dec. 18 - 20, 1988.