New Mexico Lottery suddenly terminates CEO
Board provides no explanation for action
The New Mexico Lottery's board of directors has voted to terminate the contract of chief executive officer Tom Romero, effective immediately.
Romero had been the lottery's executive vice president of security since its inception in 1996 and CEO since November 2006.
The seven-member, governor-appointed Lottery Authority Board voted unanimously to terminate Romero's contract Wednesday.
No reason was immediately given for the move and board membe ...
Nov 13, 2013, 11:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery director to depart
The executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery is leaving for a private-sector position with a subcontractor of the company the state contracts for lottery services.
Todd Rucci, appointed executive director in September 2011, will stay until Nov. 22. Then he'll take a government and communication relations job with PAP Technologies, a Lancaster-based firm specializing in lottery ticket printing for games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
The company is a subcontractor of Scientific ...
Nov 9, 2013, 6:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named NASPL president
Gary Grief will serve one-year term with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president, said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. His e ...
Oct 10, 2013, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery hires Oregon Lottery official as CEO
Start of games might be delayed up to 1 year
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation on Monday announced its selection of an Oregon man to serve as its first chief executive officer.
Jon Clontz, 49, will start Oct. 7 as CEO at a salary of $165,000 a year, said Brian Scott Gamroth, chairman of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation board.
Clontz served as deputy director with the Oregon Lottery for the past two years.
His leadership qualities, strong communication skills, and a proven track record ...
Sep 24, 2013, 10:55 am - Lottery News forum
Colorado Lottery chief to leave at year's end
Colorado Lottery Director Abel Tapia will retire at the end of the year.
The Puebloan and former state representative and senator, was appointed lottery chief in July 2010.
Tapia said Thursday he has been weighing retirement for a year and had planned to lead the lottery for three to four years.
It turns out it's about 3 years and in the lottery, (that's) a lifetime, Tapia said. Directors usually have an 18-month average on the job because it's high-profile and high-demand, so I'm very ...
Jul 26, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery director resigns
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 unt ...
Jul 15, 2013, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery board sets January 2014 as target start date
The nine-member Wyoming Lottery Board, meeting on Monday for the first time, set its sights on a January 2014 launch date for its games of chance.
But six months leaves the group little time. Members began quick work on its corporate structure and the framework for equipping retail stores for a lottery in less than six months.
We will launch when we know we have the right product for Wyoming, said Brian Scott, board chairman and a radio host in Casper. For some states, it has been four, s ...
Jul 9, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Gov. announces 9-member lottery board
Several newly appointed members of the board of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation say it's too early in the process to tell whether the state will sign on with an existing, multi-state lottery such as Powerball, establish its own statewide contests or possibly do both.
Gov. Matt Mead on Monday announced the nine members of the board. His office said they plan an organizational meeting in Casper next week.
The board members are truly Wyoming leaders in their areas of expertise, Mead said. I ...
Jul 2, 2013, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery workers paid $300,000 in bonuses
Performance pay is rare in government jobs.
But the Michigan Lottery Bureau has paid 75 employees more than $300,000 in incentive pay in the past year. And, according to the state's Civil Service Commission, the group is alone among about 50,000 state employees in being eligible for performance bonuses.
The program was initially set up for about 75 sales representatives who met quarterly goals for instant tickets and certain club games. It was expanded this year to include 16 more lottery ...
Jun 24, 2013, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery making strides to increase prizes
Oklahoma lottery officials voted Tuesday to reduce the amount of money paid to nearly 2,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets to increase prizes in almost a last resort to boost sales.
The Lottery Commission has reduced its operating costs to less than 2.5 percent of its $192 million in revenue by reducing office space and cutting the number of staff from 40 to 26, said Rollo Redburn, the agency's executive director.
Operating expenses were cut from $9.7 million in 2008 to $4.8 million t ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum