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The auditor and the lottery
January 6, 2010 - Frank Robinson
I was looking for something on the Associated Press wire and stumbled across this. It made we wonder, who is keeping an eye on how the money is managed, and how this office operates? It looks as if no one is.
"State auditor begins close look at Ohio Lottery "CLEVELAND (AP) -- The state auditor is beginning a review of the Ohio Lottery, an undertaking the lottery has called unreasonable and unnecessary. "Auditor Mary Taylor has said she wants to make certain the lottery is operating efficiently, amid what she described as "heightened risk" for the agency. She has pointed to the uncertain nature of gambling revenue, along with the voter-approved constitutional amendment allowing casinos in Ohio's largest cities. "Taylor was scheduled to hold an introductory meeting with lottery officials Wednesday to go over how the audit will be conducted. "In a letter to Taylor in November, Lottery Executive Director Kathleen Burke questioned whether the audit was a wise use of taxpayer funds. The lottery will bear the estimated $118,000 cost."
Is this entity not getting audited annually? Around here, every little board -- from school board to library board -- seems to get audited. Why shouldn't the state lottery commission be audited?
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