A former official with South Carolina’s government-run lottery was
found dead over the weekend, sources tell FITS.

Laura Collins, 39, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C. home.

Details regarding the cause of her death were not immediately available.

Collins’ ex-husband is Chip Collins, a Columbia, S.C. attorney. The couple had one child.

Laura Collins was at the center of a major controversy in 2009 when Lottery employees accused her of having an affair with the agency’s former director, Ernie Passailaigue.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.