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.”

In 2011 - the 40th anniversary of the Connecticut Lottery Corp. - $1 billion worth of tickets were sold in the state for the first time.

Mike October 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Pay for performance? I would like to know what they do? Sit around and think of different games people can play! A 2 yr old can do that.
Voice of Reason October 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Don't forget the massive oversize checks. Those can't be easy to handle. :D I see nothing wrong with the bonuses. This isn't taxpayer money.
Mike October 23, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The money from the lottery goes towards the state budget just as taxes do.
Voice of Reason October 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
@ Mike. Understood. But the money isn't derived from taxes paid so I look at it a bit differently (perhaps my view is flawed?). As stated the Corporation is "quasi-public", so I view monies coming into the State essentially as a windfall. The Bonuses (not Raises) are less than .0006% of monies paid to the State. Even in today's economic climate I fail to see these bonuses as a big deal.
Mike October 23, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Point well taken. :-)


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