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.”

The lottery bonuses come on the heels of a recent pay raise controversy in the state’s Department of Higher Education that saw the department’s top two officials resign amid a flap over some $250,000 in pay hikes given to department managers. The raises were later suspended.

However, the Hartford Courant has reported that Robert Kennedy, the higher education chief who stepped down after the public learned of the unauthorized raises he gave to his department managers, will get another $100,000 in pay from the state, as well as another $20,000 in “deferred compensation.”

Kennedy earned an annual salary of $340,000 in his state job, the Courant reports.

What do you think about these "incentive" payments? Tell us in the comments section!

Sarah Page Kyrcz October 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I do not think these raises are appropriate given our economic climate, but...The interesting part of this story is that many people will continue buying lottery tickets even when they are squeezing out every last dime to pay food, gas, utilities and rent. An interesting story would be just his well off financially the Connecticut lottery is at this point.
Christopher brown October 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Must be nice, I work in a group home for a company who depends on state funds for raises and we take care of disable people, we haven't had a raise going on 6 yrs and we are responsible for people lives, the lottery employees insure serve it but we derseve it more


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