On Tuesday, March 31, Cape Cod Wave Magazine began reaching out to state officials for an answer to this question: Why is the state still selling lottery tickets during a pandemic?
We reached out to the office of Governor Charlie Baker, the state lottery commission, and the state treasurer’s office. No one responded.
We then posed the question in an essay we posted, and we kept asking.
On Wednesday, we were connected by a staff member of Senator Julian Cyr’s office to Alethea Henry, Communications Director for the office of state Treasurer, Deborah B. Goldberg. Henry wrote us and said, “Someone will be back in touch once we’ve had a chance to discuss with the lottery.”
We did not hear back. We emailed Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, we reached Andrew Napolitano, Deputy Communications Director, by phone and he said he knew of our question and had a statement for us. He needed our email address, he said.
We sent our email address. We did not get the statement.
When we asked by email on an update, Napolitano wrote at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, “Yes, I will circle back shortly.”
We did not get the statement. We wrote again later that night. We wrote to Napolitano on Friday. We called him on Friday.
We have heard nothing more.
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