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Connecticut lottery under investigation after scandals

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is investigating the state lottery for its handling of a series of scandals and the following disciplinary action taken against employees.

DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull said Wednesday the department will open a wide-ranging investigation into the Connecticut Lottery Corp., as requested by legislators.

State lawmakers pointed out a few mistakes, like the possible fraud in the 5 Card Cash, saying the former president knew about it since 2013 but did nothing.

The lottery has faced several setbacks in recent years, including a botched drawing Jan. 1 that wrongly excluded 100,000 ticket buyers. The mistake cost the state close to $1 million.

Also, a malfunction with the lottery's mobile app last summer where winning tickets were called losers.

"People should be held accountable in an appropriate way for the mistakes they made," said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

However, the lottery said they've looked into these problems and held those employees accountable.

The DCP says it will ask the lottery to end all disciplinary actions taken against employees for the Jan. 1 drawing, pending its investigation.

A year ago, the lottery president stepped down. She was under investigation for fraud in the 5 Card Cash game.

So the Department of Consumer Protection revoked her license, but the lottery allowed her to collect $500,000, plus benefits and pension before she parted ways with the organization.

It is unclear how long this investigation will take.

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