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Oklahoma lottery commission urged to keep moving

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After hearing his new bosses debate the definition of rules to govern the newest state agency, Oklahoma's lottery director issued them a gentle reminder.

If the Oklahoma Lottery Commission hopes to make a self-imposed October deadline for its first ticket sales, "we've got to move," Executive Director Jim Scroggins said.

It was Scroggins' first meeting since beginning his new job Monday.

At previous meetings, the lottery's volunteer commissioners have held lengthy discussions on how to hire outside legal counsel, the procedure for securing employee background checks and how to line up financing and office space.

Commissioners finally agreed to let Scroggins borrow from other state lotteries' rules and report his suggestions to them at another meeting.

After the meeting, Scroggins said he wasn't concerned by what appeared to some observers as commissioners' discussions of minutia.

"They have to work those things through to the point they feel comfortable," he said.

On Scroggins' advice, the commission hired Rollo Redburn as director of administration and finance, Beverly Hughes as head of marketing and sales and Jerry Havener as operations director.

Each will be paid $110,000 a year.

Redburn, 52, has been on loan to the lottery commission from the Office of State Finance, where he was deputy director. He has been there 29 years since starting as a budget analyst in 1976.

Hughes, of Atlanta, is part-owner of a copying business. She has extensive experience working with lotteries, Scroggins said.

Havener, 65, has helped eight states begin lotteries as a consultant, most recently in Tennessee two years ago. He said he has helped launch "22 or 23" lotteries worldwide in a 27-year career.

He said he expects to stay in Oklahoma about six months until a permanent operations director is found.

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Posted: June 9, 2005, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

lets hope they use ball drawings instead of computerized drawings....

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    I think it's time that people against computerized drawings start to make more visible presences (and much more noise) in their states.

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      On Scroggins' advice, the commission hired Rollo Redburn as director of administration and finance, Beverly Hughes as head of marketing and sales and Jerry Havener as operations director.

      Rollo Redburn doesn't sound to me like the kind of name to hang on a person who'd sit still for computer drawings.  Neither does Scroggins, for that matter.

      Redburn and Scroggins gonna take care of those Okies, keep the balls rolling.

      Rollo.  Hmmmm.  Rollow Redburn.

      Jack

       

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        Posted: June 9, 2005, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

        exactly they need to let them know that....if you don't have balls.it ain't a lottery!

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          exactly they need to let them know that....if you don't have balls.it ain't a lottery!

          I agree Mike.  Naturally.  It bears a striking resemblance to lottery in a lot of ways, but it ain't lottery.

          All those electrons banging together with subatomic numbers painted on them are lessory.  Or some kind of electric money raffle. 

          But old Rocko Redbone already knows that.  He used to be in MO with the lottery there.  Rocko won't be fooled by some tiny little electro-things into thinking they know how to come up with money numbers.

          Jack

           

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            rip,when its all said and done and the lottery starts up in oklahoma do you see them having ball drawings or computers?  by the way i love the new mexico 4 this way thats the best pick 4 game in the US.

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              Posted: June 9, 2005, 11:11 pm - IP Logged

              Computers, Mike.  Ain't no stopping them, thinks I.

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                I Agree!

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                  On Scroggins' advice, the commission hired Rollo Redburn as director of administration and finance, Beverly Hughes as head of marketing and sales and Jerry Havener as operations director.

                  Rollo Redburn doesn't sound to me like the kind of name to hang on a person who'd sit still for computer drawings.  Neither does Scroggins, for that matter.

                  Redburn and Scroggins gonna take care of those Okies, keep the balls rolling.

                  Rollo.  Hmmmm.  Rollow Redburn.

                  Jack

                   

                  I Agree!

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                    Posted: June 24, 2005, 8:26 am - IP Logged

                    rip,when its all said and done and the lottery starts up in oklahoma do you see them having ball drawings or computers?  by the way i love the new mexico 4 this way thats the best pick 4 game in the US.

                    I agree on NM's "4 This Way" being the best Pick 4 concept - I love that game.  I don't love their use of computers to draw the numbers though...

                     

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