5 Card Cash Agreement ‘Close’, State Investigation Ongoing

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Lottery Interim President Frank Farricker said Thursday that Lottery officials are very close to reaching an agreement with ‘5 Card Cash’ maker Scientific Games.

The agreement will end a months long dispute between the two corporations over who is responsible for the game being removed from Connecticut. Lottery investigators discovered that the ticket could be viewed before being purchased, giving retailers a chance to know if a winning or losing ticket was coming. Nine retailers have been charged with forgery and the Department of Consumer Protection has an ongoing investigation into the game.

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In October, Lottery officials sent a letter to Scientific Games asking for more than $4 million, money they said was lost when Five Card Cash was taken down.

While Farricker would not say how much the agreement was for, he said it was less than the $4 million originally requested. A special meeting of the Board of Directors is expected within the next few days or weeks to announce the final agreement.

That announcement comes just one day after Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano wrote a letter to both the Connecticut Lottery and State Retirement Commission asking for more details about the agreement reached with former Lottery President Anne Noble. Starting in February 2017, Noble will be paid $25,000 a month as a Lottery consultant.

Fasano asked the Lottery for “communication produced by or shared within the Lottery Corporation or between the Lottery Corporation and any external party regarding the issue of severance pay and whether it counts as actual service for the purposes of vesting in state employee retirement benefits.”

Farricker said he had not yet responded to the letter but did have the information prepared.

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