State lottery representatives are asking that they be allowed to drive unmarked cars due their fear of being attacked. Six years ago state officials were looking for ways to promote California Lottery, so the wanted to wrap vehicles driven by the representatives who deliver tickets to lottery retailers. The union for the lottery workers stepped in a managed to get a change to stickers with the state seal.
Now, union members want lottery officials to have those stickers removed. They've sent a report citing seven attacks on sales representatives or their vehicles. They are claiming that say the abuse has become more frequent since the seals were added.
"It would be a shame if a tragedy were to occur that could have been prevented," union steward Paulina Vasquez told the Sacramento Bee.
A lottery spokesperson says they're looking into the complaint, while some employees point to this concern as the latest evidence of poor working conditions at the lottery.
The California Attorney General's Office is looking into allegations of improper travel expenses. Last year the a letter was sent to then Governor Jerry Brown charging lottery management with misconduct and inappropriate behavior.