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California Lottery director resigns

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The turnover at the top of the California Lottery continues with Robert O'Neil deciding to step down at the end of the day Monday after 18 months as director.

The lottery will be headed on an interim basis by Chief Deputy Director Paula LaBrie until Gov. Jerry Brown makes a new appointment, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the lottery.

Brown removed Joan Borucki as lottery director shortly after his election in 2010, and the post was filled on an interim basis by Linh Nguyen until the governor appointed O'Neill, who was a principal at KPMG.

In an email to lottery staff on Friday, O'Neill said he was resigning "to pursue other personal and professional interests."

"The past 18 months have been an eye-opening, challenging and rewarding experience for me," he wrote. "I found that the lottery essentially is a small city, operating 24/7 and 365 days a year."

Lottery sales grew under O'Neill to $4.4 billion last year, with $1.2 billion going to schools, Traverso said. During his term, the state entered the multistate Powerball game.

"Still, there is more to accomplish," he wrote to employees. "The lottery has just adopted a three-year strategic focus that includes: enhancing our products by launching a $20 Scratchers ticket; expanding retailer recruitment; growing our players by reaching out to lapsed and new players; and continuing to retool the lottery's infrastructure and business processes."

Complete text of O'Neill's email to the staff:

From: Robert O'Neill
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 3:59 PM
To: CSL_Wide
Subject: Announcement

I am writing to announce that effective July 15, 2013, I am resigning as Director of the California State Lottery to pursue other personal and professional interests. The past 18 months have been an eye-opening, challenging and rewarding experience for me. I found that the Lottery essentially is a small city, operating 24/7 and 365 days a year. It has many of the functions you would find in a city, including its own cooling plant for our Headquarters building; an around the clock security force; revenue generating capabilities; and a full slate of administrative and management functions.

Probably the most compelling aspect of the Lottery that I witnessed is the Lottery Team's commitment to its mission - - - generating funds for public education in California. It is simple, straight-forward and universally understood and respected by Lottery employees. In essence, it is the tie that binds us all together.

During my tenure at the Lottery, I am proud of what we have accomplished, including expanding our Sales and Marketing efforts, generating hundreds of millions more in funding each year for public education, and launching the State's highly successful entry into Powerball.

Still, there is more to accomplish. The Lottery has just adopted a three-year strategic focus that includes: enhancing our products by launching a $20 Scratchers ticket; expanding retailer recruitment; growing our players by reaching out to lapsed and new players; and continuing to retool the Lottery's infrastructure and business processes. I am confident that our Senior Leadership Team can successfully execute the plans we have developed for the future.

I would like to thank everyone at the Lottery for their help and support in my time at the Lottery. In the words of one of my sports idols growing up, Jim Brown of the Cleveland Brown's football team, "Life is a Team Sport." I appreciate the opportunity to have played on your team.

Warmest Regards

Bob O'Neill

Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: July 15, 2013, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

Best wishes to Mr. O'Neill in his future endeavors.

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    westboro, ma
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    Posted: July 15, 2013, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

    now, if only we could get the incompetent bishop woolsey out of the beloved state of arkansas as lottery director the lottery world (at least in arkansas) would be a far better place.

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      Chattanooga, TN
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      Posted: July 15, 2013, 11:22 pm - IP Logged

      ...Maybe he is going to the Wyoming Lottery...

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        Keokuk,Iowa
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        Posted: July 16, 2013, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

        Maybe Tennesee's Dragon Lady will apply for his job!I know that a lot of people would like to see her leave.

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          Posted: July 22, 2013, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

          Why did this California Lottery director resign?

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            Posted: July 22, 2013, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

            Why did this California Lottery director resign?

            It was a big misunderstanding.

            When he took the job he thought he was going to be making pottery.

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              Keokuk,Iowa
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              Posted: July 22, 2013, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

              It was a big misunderstanding.

              When he took the job he thought he was going to be making pottery.

              HaHaHaHaHaHaAAAAAAAAHHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

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                Posted: July 24, 2013, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

                Maybe Tennesee's Dragon Lady will apply for his job!I know that a lot of people would like to see her leave.

                LOL

                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                  Posted: July 25, 2013, 1:41 am - IP Logged

                  HaHaHaHaHaHaAAAAAAAAHHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

                  Yeah, when the guy at the Job Fair said they were looking for a Lottery Director, he thought they said Pottery Inspector and he took the job.

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                    Posted: July 25, 2013, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

                    Who's going to replace this California Lottery director? I hope this person keeps the jpb for a long time.

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                      Posted: August 10, 2013, 5:04 am - IP Logged

                      I wish him good luck on his next endeavor. It must be hard to give up the position since lottery has been part of his life for quite some time. I hope the next person who will step up on his position will also dedicate his life to fulfill the lottery mission and that is to provide fund in education.