Division of the Lottery

Revenue Collection Controls and Ticket Accountability for Instant Games (Follow-Up Review)

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. In our prior audit report 95-S-36, we examined the controls over revenue collection and ticket accountability for the instant games, which raised about $1 billion in the 1996-97 fiscal year. We found that these controls were generally reliable, but could be made even stronger, as instant game revenue could be transferred more promptly from the contractor to the Division, revenue collection could be monitored more closely, and ticket inventories could be better controlled. In our follow-up review, we found that good progress has been made by Division officials in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report.

For a complete copy of Report 96-F-35 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.