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Connecticut Lottery Officials Get Hefty Bonuses

Top managers of the agency got bonuses of as much as 10 percent recently.

Top officials with the Connecticut Lottery Corp. were recently awarded $170,000 in bonuses, which included bonuses to managers who make more than $100,000 annually.

According to a report in the Journal Inquirer, the quasi-public agency approved the so-called “incentive” payments on Sept. 20 for 17 officials, including 10 who earn six-figure salaries.

Most of the bonuses were just shy of 10 percent, which was also the bonus amount given to lottery President and Chief Executive Officer Anne Noble.

Gale Mattison, vice chairman of the lottery corporation’s board of directors and head of its personnel committee, told the newspaper that the bonuses were deserved.

“This is pay-for-performance,” Mattison said. “Lottery managers are not eligible for ‘longevity pay’ and we’ve had an incentive compensation program for quite a while.”

The lottery bonuses come on the heels of a recent pay raise controversy in the state’s Department of Higher Education that saw the department’s top two officials resign amid a flap over some $250,000 in pay hikes given to department managers. The raises were later suspended.

However, the Hartford Courant has reported that Robert Kennedy, the higher education chief who stepped down after the public learned of the unauthorized raises he gave to his department managers, will get another $100,000 in pay from the state, as well as another $20,000 in “deferred compensation.”

Kennedy earned an annual salary of $340,000 in his state job, the Courant reports.

Elaine October 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Could these bonuses have been funded by the growing unclaimed prize pool? A pool that is growing because the rules were changed to cut the claim time in half from one year to 6 months. BTW - I have never seen a 10% raise. I guess I nned to go work for the state!
Philip Scalzo October 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The bonuses are probably being funding from the CT LOTTERY not paying out as much as they used to. Used to win on about 65% of the tickets before. Now I think the payout is 35%. Must be nivce to make over 100,000 a year and still get a 10,000 dollar bonus. I'm doing something wrong.
Andrew Ziemba October 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
All connecticut state lottery officials are parasites. A ton of people who buy tickets are too. What a sick organization the CT lotto is. I wonder why nobody else is allowed to run lotteries, casinos, or even a small poker game with a rake. Oh right, because the state says so.
Wyatt October 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I don't see what the big deal is - a 10% bonus for high-level managers is fairly standard in the business world.

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