Division of the Lottery

Revenue Collection Controls and Ticket Accountability for Instant Games

The Division of the Lottery administers two types of games to raise revenue for public education: numbers games, in which winning numbers are periodically announced, and instant games, in which part of a ticket is scratched off to reveal whether a prize has been won. Both types of games are operated by a private contractor under the supervision of the Division. We examined the controls over revenue collection and ticket accountability for the instant games, which raised about $290 million in the 1993-94 fiscal year. We found that these controls are generally reliable. However, to better protect State funds and generate additional interest income, we recommend that game revenue be transferred to the Division as promptly as possible. We also recommend that the Division more closely monitor revenue collection and improve controls over ticket inventories.

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