Connecticut · Workplace Violence

Man kills 4, self due to work dispute regarding unfair lottery practices

March 6, 1998
Newington, Connecticut
Matthew Beck kills four of his bosses and himself following months of complaints that the state lottery system was unfair to its players as well as an unresolved work dispute

Beck had worked at the lottery for more than eight years before the murders and had approached newspapers for months, informing them the lottery consumers were being cheated. Beck stated the lottery exaggerated potential winnings to increase ticket sales, and claimed store clerks were able to determine winning scratcher tickets in advance which they then kept for themselves. In addition to the claims of cheating the lottery players, officials also noted Beck had been involved in an unresolved dispute concerning his salary and a promotion he did not receive. Beck’s father later mentioned he had also made several suicide attempts before the killings.

According to the Hartford Courant, Michael Logan (33), the Connecticut Lottery Corp.’s information director, was the first to be killed; he was stabbed in the chest and stomach with a knife and possibly shot. The next victim was Chief Financial Officer Linda A. Blogoslawski Mlynarczyk (38), Vice President of lottery operations and administration Frederick Rubelmann III (40), and Lottery President Otho Brown (53). Brown was chased out of the building into the parking lot where he was killed; a witness stated it seemed he was leading Beck away from the 100 or so other lottery employees fleeing the building.

After killing Brown, Beck placed his gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Though he was airlifted to the hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Sources:
“Connecticut Lottery shootings — 20 years ago today.” New Haven Register. March 6, 2018. Accessed: March 6, 2019. https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Connecticut-Lottery-shootings-20-years-ago-12731552.php
“Lottery gunman’s parents: ‘We love you Matt — but why?’” CNN. March 8, 1998. Accessed: March 6, 2019. http://www.cnn.com/US/9803/08/lottery.killings/index.html
Greenberg, Brigitte. “Killer of Four Believed Lottery Cheated Players.” Albuquerque Journal. March 8, 1998
Springer, John. “Worker Kills 4 Bosses, Self At Lottery Site.” The Hartford Courant. March 7, 1998

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