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Illinois Lottery Superintendent Questioned

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Lottery superintendent Mike Jones is coming under question for a possible conflict of interest

Illinois Lottery superintendent Mike Jones is coming under question for a possible conflict of interest, but Jones says he knows nothing about it.

A watchdog group says he played a part in awarding a contract to his former company.     

Before starting with the lottery a couple of years ago Mike Jones started a lottery consulting firm.

The Better Government Association says that firm now has a contract with Northstar, the company that runs the state lottery, and that Jones pushed for that contract to happen.

Lawmakers asked about his role in the dealings yesterday, but Jones says he has cut all ties with the consulting firm.

And that he had no idea the two sides were even working together

“If you could explain about your former company independent lottery research,” said Rita

“Part of coming back to work for state government in 2011 was that I had to resign all of the boards that I was on I had to divest myself of all interest I have no financial interest ownership interest and interest at all in independent lottery research," said Jones.

Lawmakers also raised concerns over a recent audit of the state lottery.

Findings showed about two hundred million dollars in bookkeeping errors.

Lottery officials blame it on a bad transition when the state sold the lottery to Northstar.

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