The West Virginia State Fair is going strong, and so is the West Virginia Lottery’s booth on the state fairgrounds. Daily Mail reporter Shay Maunz has this story in today’s paper, describing the lottery’s overwhelming popularity among fair goers.
Each year, during the 10 days the West Virginia Lottery is operating a booth at the fair, it becomes the largest retailer in West Virginia for the entire month. Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside said that last year sales exceeded $270,000.
The reasons for that are one part aggressive marketing strategy for the lottery at the fair, one part enthusiasm for the fair and the prospect of winning money there.
In other news…
- Mark Bramble, An Attorney General employee accused of shooting up his house on Monday remains hospitalized and, so far, has not been charged.
- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has now recused himself in a third lawsuit being handled by his office. This current suit involves Bank of America, whom Morrisey represented in his former job with the King & Spalding law firm.
- The state Lottery Commission is lending its help to the West Virginia Athletics Commission, which has no staff an a miniscule, $51,000 per year, budget. The Athletics Commission is responsible for regulating all amateur, professional and semi-professional boxing matches in the state, as well as mixed martial arts bouts. “They do a fantastic job, we’re just trying to help them bring structure to the organization and assess some future needs,” lottery director John Musgrave said.
- Daniel Hedges, an attorney for Mountain State Justice, told a judge Tuesday the Division of Juvenile Services’ plan to move offenders out of the Harriet B. Jones Treatment Center in Harrison County “lacks details.” Click here to read the story, by the Charleston Gazette‘s Kate White. Last week, you’ll recall, Dave wrote about Juvenile Services’ $2 million plan to move the offenders.
- Ron Walters, Jr. – son of Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, and brother of Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam — announced his run for U.S. Congress in a soggy press conference on Tuesday.
- Kanawha County’s jail bill has fallen about $140,000 over the last six months, according to city/county reporter Matt Murphy.
- Longtime political columnist Jack Germond died on Wednesday. He had retired to Charles Town, W.Va.