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Geddings' Departure Doesn't Solve Lottery's Problems

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It's been two months since lawmakers established the state lottery, and North Carolina has had trouble ever since.

Two members of the new lottery commission have stepped down. Investigators are examining the influence of a potential lottery vendor and some of its workers, as well as those workers' connections to House Speaker Jim Black.

But Black and others, including Governor Easley, say the lottery can recover from its early missteps now that commissioner Kevin Geddings has resigned. Critics say Geddings misled the public about his financial relationship with lottery vendor Scientific Games.

Easley told State Government Radio that the only problem has been the appointment of Geddings and that the issue is gone now.

Former Charlotte city council member Malachi Green also resigned from the commission, saying he didn't have the time needed to serve on the panel.

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