Connecticut revenue collectors are temporarily extending an olive branch to approximately 450 lottery sales agents way late in turning over millions of dollars in lottery-sales receipts.
The state Department of Revenue's Division of Special Revenue is conducting an amnesty program for delinquent lottery sales agents who currently owe money to the state. These include agents whose operations have filed for bankruptcy, said special revenue division chief Paul Young.
The amnesty ends on New Year's Eve.
Young said a precise number for the amount owed is difficult to come by, but said it several millions of dollars in outstanding lottery receipts is a fair estimate.
There are about 3,000 active lottery agents in the state.
Delinquent agents are not allowed to dispense lottery tickets until their arrears to the state are settled, Young said.
Under the amnesty program, scofflaws have 60 days from the time they are notified by letter to pay the past-due amount, plus at least half the interest accrued and a penalty. Do that and the state promises to waive the rest of the interest.
The state also will remove all liens and wage attachments it has on the lottery agent and his property.
The division says it is just beginning to send out letters. Parties may contact the division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (860) 594-0650.