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Cahill holdover ousted from lottery post

The State Lottery Commission fired its chief of staff yesterday amid allegations that he inappropriately coached his assistant and two other lottery employees to be nonresponsive to questions from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s investigators.

Alfred J. Grazioso Jr., a holdover from former treasurer Timothy P. Cahill’s administration and one of his Quincy political allies, was removed yesterday from his $107,000-a-year job during a meeting with lottery director Paul R. Sternburg. According to a person familiar with the situation, Sternburg confronted Grazioso with evidence that three agency employees said he tried to influence what they would tell investigators when they were interviewed at their Braintree headquarters Aug. 8.

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