Acting California Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez is resigning amid controversy created by Democrat lawmakers over the legality of California's recent entrance into the multi-state Mega Millions lotto game.
Gutierrez, who recently served as a Schwarzenegger administration troubleshooter on government reorganization, told his top staff members that he was going on vacation and then would retire after 34 years of state service in various capacities under multiple administrations.
Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed Gutierrez acting lottery director, said they had not received an official resignation letter.
But sources close to Gutierrez confirmed his retirement plans on the condition they not be identified.
Gutierrez has scheduled an official announcement today.
The resignation comes amid controversy over California's participation in Mega Millions lotto, which was launched in June.
An anti-gambling group filed a lawsuit in July alleging that the game violates a voter-approved aspect of the state constitution, which authorized a lottery.
Democrat lawmakers, hoping to take advantage of an opportunity to criticize the Schwarzenegger administration, pushed the issue and later sponsored legislation legalizing the game.
Republicans pointed out that the redundant legislation was a political maneuver designed to create controversy.