Funds No Longer Billed Improperly, Lottery Asserts

The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission stopped the practice of billing ‘miscellaneous’ funds through its advertising agencies in 1995.

According to Sam De Phillippo, that practice–outlined in a report issued two weeks ago by state auditor Joseph DeNucci–was stopped in 1995 during the period examined by auditors and before he was named executive director in September.

The lottery works with Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos and Arnold Communications. ‘It’s our opinion that we work with the two best agencies in Boston . . . but at this point we have to look at whether it’s worth having an agency or not,’ De Phillippo said last week. That decision will be made later this month, once the legislature finalizes a 1998 budget, he said. –Judy Warner

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