California Lottery Officials’ Drunken Party Leads To Investigation
Several photos of a group of California State Lottery managers engaging in drunken and sexually inappropriate behavior were sent to California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown from an employee who claimed to work for the Lottery, according to a report.
An anonymous letter was sent to government officials earlier in August from one of the employees who claims he or she has had enough of the inappropriate behavior by top officials, ABC 7 reported.
The letter, sent to Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, alleges lewd behavior and gross misconduct. The photos are reportedly from a 2016 work trip at a California bar, with one photo showing a manager giving the finger and another with his face inside a woman’s shirt.
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“I’m not surprised. No, I’m not surprised,” Donna Sullivan, a retired lottery worker, told ABC 7.
She also said this type of behavior was not unusual for the Lottery, and when the work environment got especially bad, she retired because of it. (RELATED: Gov. Jerry Brown’s Plan To Expand California Grid Might Totally Backfire)
“These types of unprofessional shenanigans have become a regular practice of this management team when they travel to meetings,” the letter reads, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The three-page letter also includes a list of instances senior Lottery officials degraded subordinates and used inappropriate language, as well as alleging the senior officials of using favoritism in their hiring and promotions.
“People are afraid to come forward,” Bob Medof, a Lottery sales representative told The Sacramento Bee. “It’s unfortunate. They’re just afraid. People tell me something and they say, ‘Don’t quote me on that.'”
Brown asked the state’s attorney general to look into the complaint.
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