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November 9, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sharon Sharp, the embattled director of the California Lottery criticized for her handling of major contracts, resigned Monday, saying that months of controversy had made her "tired and angry." Insisting the resignation was her idea and not that of Gov. Pete Wilson, Sharp said she was stepping down so she could spend more time with her husband, who lives in Illinois. However, a source in the Administration said she was urged to resign.
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November 10, 1993 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The resignation of California's lottery director Monday amid allegations of favoritism in the awarding of contracts came after nearly two years of rising concerns within Gov. Pete Wilson's office about the appearance of ties between the Administration and the lottery's major supplier. Bob White, Wilson's chief of staff, urged two of the governor's former advisers in December, 1991, to sever their connections with GTECH, a fast-growing computer firm based in West Greenwich, R.I.
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NEWS
January 24, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Keno, the new casino-style game of chance that state officials had hoped would revitalize stagnant lottery sales, has neither hit the jackpot with gamblers nor produced the sharp revenue gains expected. As a result of the game's lackluster performance, overall California Lottery sales are well below projections, raising concerns that the agency may either have to cut back severely on expenditures or risk overspending its budget.
NEWS
November 9, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sharon Sharp, the embattled director of the California Lottery criticized for her handling of major contracts, resigned Monday, saying that months of controversy had made her "tired and angry." Insisting the resignation was her idea and not that of Gov. Pete Wilson, Sharp said she was stepping down so she could spend more time with her husband, who lives in Illinois. However, a source in the Administration said she was urged to resign.
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October 31, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lottery Director Sharon Sharp will propose changing regulations to allow more prize money for the games of chance. Sharp said she wants to increase the ceiling on the amount of ticket revenues that can be devoted to prizes from 50% to 52% or 53% and, if the Legislature approves, use the increase for instant or Scratcher games and not computer-operated games such as Lotto and Little Lotto.
NEWS
June 25, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
With their attention diverted by a $10.7-billion budget shortfall, members of the Senate Rules Committee took only a few minutes Wednesday to decide they would recommend the confirmation of State Lottery Director Sharon Sharp. Only one committee member, state Sen. Nicholas Petris (D-Oakland), questioned Sharp about a $700-million drop in lottery sales during the fiscal year ending June 30.
NEWS
September 28, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, hoping to reinvigorate the state's ailing games of chance, on Friday named former Illinois Lottery Director Sharon Sharp as the new manager of the California Lottery. Wilson, who conducted a nine-month search for a lottery director, said he selected Sharp because of her record at the Illinois lottery, which showed impressive sales gains during her tenure. "Sharon's track record . . .
NEWS
September 22, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months after the lottery was criticized for awarding a lucrative contract to the GTECH Corp. without rival bids, Director Sharon Sharp is proposing that the agency enter into a new non-competitive contract with the same company. The contract calls for paying the Rhode Island-based computer company an estimated $23 million over 4 1/2 years to install and run automated devices for cashing in winning Scratcher tickets.
NEWS
December 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
California Lottery Director Sharon Sharp said Monday she wants to withhold a portion of the contributions now going to schools so she can bolster game prizes in a quest to boost ticket sales and eventually increase the flow of funds to education. "There's no way the lottery can survive without bringing sales up," Sharp said. "It is that bad. . . . The California Lottery, if it were a corporation, would be in Chapter 11 (bankruptcy) right now," she said.
NEWS
June 18, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Lottery Commission gave Director Sharon Sharp a vote of confidence Wednesday by unanimously endorsing new revenue projections that call for a 40% increase in ticket sales in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Although the lottery is expected to post sales of $1.35 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, commission members said they had no hesitation in approving Sharp's projections of $1.9 billion in revenues for the 1992-93 fiscal year.
NEWS
September 22, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months after the lottery was criticized for awarding a lucrative contract to the GTECH Corp. without rival bids, Director Sharon Sharp is proposing that the agency enter into a new non-competitive contract with the same company. The contract calls for paying the Rhode Island-based computer company an estimated $23 million over 4 1/2 years to install and run automated devices for cashing in winning Scratcher tickets.
NEWS
September 21, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lottery Director Sharon Sharp, whose agency has often been criticized by state Controller Gray Davis, has accused the controller of waste and inefficiency. In a biting letter to Davis, Sharp complained that the controller, who is required by law to audit the lottery's financial operations, has done little to reduce costs even though, Sharp contends, the controller's workload has lessened because of declining lottery revenue.
NEWS
May 9, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She describes it as a "hellish" three months. First there were accusations that she mishandled one of the largest contracts ever awarded by the state by favoring the one company that bid. Then there were investigations of her actions by a governor's task force and a legislative committee. In the end, state Lottery Director Sharon Sharp weathered it all, but at a cost.
NEWS
March 7, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beginning in July, the chief financial officer of the California Lottery repeatedly warned that the bidding process for the most lucrative contract in the lottery's history so favored one company that others were unlikely to bid, according to documents obtained by The Times. The warnings, largely disregarded by Lottery Director Sharon Sharp, were prophetic. At the Feb.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Keno, the new casino-style game of chance that state officials had hoped would revitalize stagnant lottery sales, has neither hit the jackpot with gamblers nor produced the sharp revenue gains expected. As a result of the game's lackluster performance, overall California Lottery sales are well below projections, raising concerns that the agency may either have to cut back severely on expenditures or risk overspending its budget.
NEWS
June 25, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
With their attention diverted by a $10.7-billion budget shortfall, members of the Senate Rules Committee took only a few minutes Wednesday to decide they would recommend the confirmation of State Lottery Director Sharon Sharp. Only one committee member, state Sen. Nicholas Petris (D-Oakland), questioned Sharp about a $700-million drop in lottery sales during the fiscal year ending June 30.
NEWS
October 28, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As lottery sales continue to register record lows, the state's new lottery director is preparing to recommend a $25-million cut in administrative expenses and a major reorganization of the agency. On Friday, Sharon Sharp said sales were so low that if the trend continues, lottery revenues at the end of the fiscal year will only be $1.5 billion--the lowest since the first year of operation.
NEWS
September 21, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lottery Director Sharon Sharp, whose agency has often been criticized by state Controller Gray Davis, has accused the controller of waste and inefficiency. In a biting letter to Davis, Sharp complained that the controller, who is required by law to audit the lottery's financial operations, has done little to reduce costs even though, Sharp contends, the controller's workload has lessened because of declining lottery revenue.
NEWS
June 18, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Lottery Commission gave Director Sharon Sharp a vote of confidence Wednesday by unanimously endorsing new revenue projections that call for a 40% increase in ticket sales in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Although the lottery is expected to post sales of $1.35 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, commission members said they had no hesitation in approving Sharp's projections of $1.9 billion in revenues for the 1992-93 fiscal year.
NEWS
June 17, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A precipitous drop in ticket sales during the past year has caused the California Lottery to overspend its administrative budget by millions of dollars in violation of state law. To cope with the unprecedented crisis, state lottery officials are planning to gamble: Despite California's slumping economy, they will project a hefty increase in sales for next year in order to justify an expensive advertising campaign aimed at bringing players back to the ticket counters.
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