PA Lottery to Undergo Performance Audit From Auditor General
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced his team’s latest project— a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Specifically, the audit will focus on the Pennsylvania lottery, making sure it’s doing enough to prevent fraud by winners and retailers.
“I want to ensure that the Pennsylvania lottery is following the best practices and doing everything possible to prevent and catch fraud that may be occurring here,” explains DePasquale.
The audit will include a review of frequent lottery winners. A few years ago, a Massachusetts man ran a lottery scheme, where he cashed more than 7,300 tickets that amounted to winnings worth $10.8 million. The Auditor General’s goal is to investigate frequent lottery winners, and make sure there is nothing illegal happening within the Pennsylvania Lottery’s operations.
“I appreciate it when the lottery says they are doing everything they can. But for seniors who count on lottery funded programs, and the players, I want to dig deeper and do an independent review to make sure they are doing exactly that,” DePasquale says.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is a bureau within the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. According to DePasquale, the lottery generates more than $1 billion per year, and that money supports programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians. Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania lottery players bought $4.5 billion dollars worth of games, and claimed more than $2.9 billion in prizes. Auditor General DePasquale wants to make sure those winnings are legitimate.
“Seniors, lottery players, and the general public deserve to know if every dollar of those prizes was claimed in accordance with the law,” explains DePasquale.
DePasquale says right now there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing within the Pennsylvania Lottery, but his team will fully investigate and release the findings as soon as possible.