Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 10, 2016, 9:32 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Hunt for N.C. lottery director pared to 4

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: Hunt for N.C. lottery director pared to 4

S.C.'s top 2 lottery officials are finalists with Tenn., New Mexico counterparts; startup experience is key

North Carolina lottery commissioners searching for a lottery director plan to interview South Carolina's top two lottery officials next Wednesday, as well as senior lottery officials from New Mexico and Tennessee.

Commissioners have narrowed their list to at least four finalists for the job, according to two officials familiar with the search. The lineup demonstrates the commission's push to find a director with experience — not just running a lottery, but starting one:

  • Ernie Passailaigue, director of the S.C. Education Lottery since it started in 2001.
  • Tony Cooper, chief operating officer for South Carolina's lottery since the startup.
  • Tom Shaheen, CEO of New Mexico's lottery, who helped launch Georgia's game.
  • Wanda Wilson, general counsel and executive vice president of Tennessee's lottery, who helped start that game.

"Unless you've been through a startup, you have no idea where the minefields are," said Rebecca Paul, director of the Tennessee lottery, during a meeting with commissioners last week. "It's very different starting a lottery than running an ongoing lottery — not necessarily harder, but a different skill set."

Paul, who can earn more than $700,000 including bonuses in Tennessee, ran the Illinois lottery and started the lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

Penelope Kyle, president of Radford University and former director of the Virginia lottery, said states like North Carolina are wise to recruit a director from within the lottery industry. Kyle said "the learning curve was steep," despite her resume as a lawyer, college professor and vice president at railroad giant CSX Corp.

Turnover among key executives is one of the biggest challenges lotteries face, with the average director's tenure three years, said David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

Lottery commissioners expect to pay big for the job, in excess of $150,000 and certainly more than the governor's $128,000 salary.

Tony Cooper

  • Job: Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Education Lottery
  • Experience: Director of District of Columbia Lottery; Auditor for District of Columbia
  • Started a lottery? Yes, South Carolina
  • Age: 55
  • Current Salary: $166,350

Charlotte Observer

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

8 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by Chewie.
Page 1 of 1
Litebets27's avatar - power
Maryland
United States
Member #10465
January 14, 2005
6065 Posts
Offline
Posted: November 3, 2005, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

ok, I'll say it first.

Harriet Myers is available.

Now there.

 

litebets

    Tnplayer805's avatar - G 14_v78828750_Small.JPG
    North Dakota
    United States
    Member #13397
    April 5, 2005
    1623 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: November 4, 2005, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

    YAY!!!  Becca is staying in Tennessee!!!! 

    How are you going to win if you don't play?

      Avatar
      Sparta, NJ
      United States
      Member #18331
      July 9, 2005
      1977 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: November 5, 2005, 7:34 am - IP Logged

      ok, I'll say it first.

      Harriet Myers is available.

      Now there.

       

      litebets

      She's not qualified - no experience.  Hummmm. Can you become experienced at having no experience?

      Cheers

      |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

      I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

        Litebets27's avatar - power
        Maryland
        United States
        Member #10465
        January 14, 2005
        6065 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: November 5, 2005, 8:43 am - IP Logged

        ok, I'll say it first.

        Harriet Myers is available.

        Now there.

         

        litebets

        She's not qualified - no experience.  Hummmm. Can you become experienced at having no experience?

        Pardon mee for that. But I thought that she ran the Texas lottery for awhile. Am I wrong.

        litebets

          Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
          Chief Bottle Washer
          New Jersey
          United States
          Member #1
          May 31, 2000
          23275 Posts
          Online
          Posted: November 5, 2005, 9:33 am - IP Logged

          You're correct Litebets.  She ran the Texas Lottery, and ran it through a very difficult period if I recall.  She actually may not be a bad choice, for that reason.  She's a smart lady, despite all the attacks the vicious media dogs launched on her.

           

          Check the State Lottery Report Card
          What grade did your lottery earn?

           

          Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
          Help eliminate computerized drawings!

            Litebets27's avatar - power
            Maryland
            United States
            Member #10465
            January 14, 2005
            6065 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: November 5, 2005, 9:57 am - IP Logged

            Thanks Todd, I just finished researching. She was the Chairperson on the Texas Lottery Commission in 1995 and help cleanup the scandels going on in Texas Lottery at that time. ( I'd call that experience)

            litebets

              Avatar
              Sparta, NJ
              United States
              Member #18331
              July 9, 2005
              1977 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: November 5, 2005, 10:41 am - IP Logged

              I believe the qualification was knowing how to startup a lottery - not how to run a lottery.  Seems, to me, if they made that distinction, then it is probably an important qualification.  Probably why she didn't qualify - again.

              Cheers

              |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

              I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

                Avatar
                Sparta, NJ
                United States
                Member #18331
                July 9, 2005
                1977 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: November 5, 2005, 10:56 am - IP Logged

                She's a smart lady, despite all the attacks the vicious media dogs launched on her.

                Try, vicious right wing Republican attacks. They brought her down. The media just reported.  Democrats didn't have to attack her.  The far right took care of that themselves. They tend to that that, like junk yard dogs. They dropped her like she was promoting free sex.  Don't try to blame the media on this one.  This was 100% Bush versus the far right; the left sat back, ate the popcorn, drank the Coke, and enjoyed the infighting.  Bad call, bad judgement, lousy leadership.  If it hadn't been for 911, this is the Bush every one would have seen for four years.

                Cheers

                |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

                I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice