The Oklahoma Lottery Commission hired three administrators Wednesday, one of them from Atlanta, to help new executive director James R. Scroggins get the state's education lottery up and running by October.
Each of the new administrators personally was recruited for their jobs by Scroggins and will be paid $110,000 a year, he said.
"Each of them has a wealth of experience in the area they're going to work in," Scroggins said.
Named director of administration was Rollo Redburn, a 29-year employee of the Office of State Finance who currently serves as the agency's deputy director. Redburn has served as a liaison between the commission and state government since commission members were named in February.
Jerry Havener of Cape Coral, Fla., was named director of operations. A freelance lottery consultant, Havener has been involved in starting up 23 lotteries worldwide, the last one in Tennessee, Scroggins said.
Beverly Hughes of Atlanta was named director of sales and marketing. Hughes, part owner of a printing business, has experience in printing lottery tickets and with online lottery operations, Scroggins said.
The seven-member commission voted unanimously to hire the administrators following a one-hour executive session. Scroggins said there were no other applicants for the jobs.