Lottery Commission receives overall rating of ‘Good’, Auditor asks for changes to make expenses more transparent

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An audit of the Missouri State Lottery Commission was released by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office Monday.

“I commend the Lottery Commission for the efforts they have made to correct concerns found in previous audits,” Galloway said. “Officials have already addressed issues identified in this report to improve the transparency of lottery operations and ensure expenses are fully disclosed to the public.”

One area of concern, the lack of information regarding travel expenses – including $50,000 in flights and fees overspent in the last two years, did not prevent the auditor’s office from giving the commission an overall rating of “good.”

The commission states the lack of transparency resulted from these fees being paid by a contractor rather than the commission thus were not included in financial statements.

The complete report is available here.

State law requires an audit of the lottery once every two years, and the commission also received an overall rating of good in 2015.