The Georgia Department of Revenue announced Tuesday it will close its lottery site in Atlanta after several years of complaints about the “inappropriate” behavior of people who had entered the site.
The department also said it would close the website for a period of 90 days in order to complete renovations to the lottery kiosks in front of the entrance.
The Georgia Lottery said in a statement that the decision to close the lottery site was made after reviewing the state’s new gambling regulations, which were put in place after a 2012 fatal shooting of a Georgia Highway Patrol trooper at a Georgia gas station.
The lottery has said that people who have entered the lottery sites have shown “inappropriately conduct” and that they have been identified by a social media or community advisory board.
They were then subject to random drug testing, and their records were reviewed by the department, the lottery said.
The website for the lottery was supposed to open Jan. 1.
It will close again on Dec. 31.
The decision comes after an investigation by the Georgia Lotteries Office of Professional Standards and Training found “inadequate supervision of persons entering the lottery locations” and “a lack of transparency” in the lottery’s procedures.
Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Katie Latham said in an email to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “all tickets are sold through a third party company that has oversight of the ticket sales process.
The state’s lottery program was put into place after the death of Trooper Darrin Wilson in 2012.
He was shot by a man who said he thought Wilson was trying to rob him.
He died from a single gunshot wound.
The gunman was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Georgia lottery officials said Tuesday they were “shocked and saddened” by the news.”
The lottery’s website has been operating since 2012, and the Georgia Department for Gaming Enforcement said in 2015 that it was working to set up the lottery website in partnership with the state lottery and the state of Georgia.”
We are working closely with our legal team and the Department of State to fully investigate the situation and make the necessary changes to make the lottery system in Georgia the safest on the books.”
The lottery’s website has been operating since 2012, and the Georgia Department for Gaming Enforcement said in 2015 that it was working to set up the lottery website in partnership with the state lottery and the state of Georgia.
The Department of Transportation said the department was “taking immediate steps to close its website, and its employees, and will remain closed until further notice.”
The Department said it will work with Georgia Lotters to implement the necessary safety enhancements and work with the lottery operator to ensure the safety of lottery ticket sales in the future.