Report: Georgia Lottery execs received large payments

ATLANTA (AP) – Top Georgia Lottery executives received large payouts and raises despite a law mean to curb bonuses. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports more than $260,000 worth of "incentive pay" went to top staffers in 2011. Then-Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco received the largest amount, almost $83,000. Lawmakers that year passed legislation to curtail bonuses for Lottery executives. At the time, both ticket sales and payments to state education programs were declining. Georgia Lottery Board Chairman Jimmy Braswell says the organization followed the law.
Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick says the pay increases were a result of promotions and additional work taken on by top lottery executives. A former lawmaker who pushed for limits, Bill Hembree of Winston, calls the payments disheartening. He says the General Assembly meant to stop all such bonuses. © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More Local

Winter storm warning in effect

City, county and school system officials are keeping watch on a developing winter storm. The Coweta County School System and the Heritage Sc ... Read More


Coweta schools to open two hours late

Coweta County’s public schools will be in session on Thursday, but school will start two hours later. All schools will be open, accord ... Read More


Changes definition of marijuana

Cannabis oil bill passes House, heads to Senate

A bill that would allow limited possession of cannabis-derived medicine for those with certain medical conditions overwhelmingly passed the ... Read More


Man arrested for child molestation

A man suspected of molesting a child was arrested by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office this week. Russell Kirk Jones ... Read More


Coweta schools name 2015 Teachers of the Year

The Coweta County School System recently named its 2015 Teachers of the Year for its 31 schools. “The teachers are elected each year i ... Read More

Lived most of life on Coweta farm

Funeral today for 103-year-old Charlie Trammell

Charlie Trammell was born in 1911 on his family’s Coweta County farm, and he died there – in a house he and his wife built 49 ye ... Read More