The Scientific Games in Alpharetta company, where scratch-off lottery tickets are made, released a statement saying that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19.
1,000 workers are employed at the manufacturing plant located in Forsyth County, and they produce a wide variety of lottery tickets for scratch-off instant games for the Georgia Lottery.
Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets Destroyed as a Safety Precaution
Pat McHugh, the executive vice president, and lottery chief executive for Scientific Games, said that the plant is following virus safety guidelines put in place by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
McHugh says that the employee did not touch lottery tickets and that he properly followed social distancing rules.
However, any tickets that were in production have now been quarantined and destroyed as a safety precaution.
When asked about the matter, the Georgia Lottery declined to comment.
Entire Lottery Facility Deep Cleaned, Including All Machinery
It has been revealed the employee who tested positive for coronavirus had duties that involved exchanging barrels of ink. The facilities have since been deep cleaned.
“Our entire facility has been deep cleaned by a professional third-party service, including the forklifts and all machinery and tools utilized by the supplier’s employee, as well as all common areas,” said McHugh.
McHugh also explained that during normal production, all lottery tickets are placed under dryers. They blow temperatures of 350 degrees, as well as being exposed to ultraviolet light.
Not only that, but most employees have been working remotely, McHugh added.
A Mother Worries About Her Son and Daughter, Who Work at the Plant
Marie Charles of Alpharetta has a son and a daughter. They both work 12-hour shifts at the plant where the employee tested positive.
She expressed her concerns about whether social distancing guidelines were actually followed at the plant.
“My son works in the assembly line area where the tickets go after they are printed,” said Charles. “Dozens of people that work there live in Hall, Forsyth and Gwinnett [counties].”
“What if the person had no symptoms and came in contact with people who are going to all of those areas,” she questioned.
McHugh said that the Scientific Games management and human resources team have continued to stay in communication with employees surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
“Their safety and health and their families’ safety and health comes first,” said McHugh. “They do not have to come to work.”