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N.M. Lottery Director Resigns; Could Become N.C. Lottery Chief

New Mexico LotteryNew Mexico Lottery: N.M. Lottery Director Resigns; Could Become N.C. Lottery Chief

The New Mexico Lottery Authority Board of Directors announced Tuesday that CEO Tom Shaheen has submitted his resignation.

Shaheen, who has been with the Lottery since March 2000, has guided the Lottery to record sales and record returns for education.

"Tom will be greatly missed but we certainly understand his desire to move on," said Lottery Authority board chair Reta D. Jones. "He has been a tremendous asset to not just the Lottery but New Mexico education."

Combining strategic marketing with effective cost cutting measures, sales grew nearly every year under Shaheen's leadership, reaching a record high of $148 million in fiscal year 2004.

Lottery profits have exceeded $30 million for three consecutive years with a high of $35.9 million in FY 2004. Prior to his arrival, returns to education hovered in the low $20 million range.

Shaheen has also lowered the lottery's administrative costs.

The board has called a special meeting for Friday afternoon, November 18, at which time Jones anticipates that Tom Romero, Executive Vice President of Security, will be named Interim CEO. Romero has been with the lottery since its pre-inaugural start-up in 1996. A veteran of state and local law enforcement, Romero has served as the lottery's day-to-day operational "number two" for all three of the Lottery's CEOs.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Tom Romero's ability to lead the lottery during the interim," Jones added.
Following this week's board meeting, Jones anticipates that a national search will be launched for Shaheen's replacement.
Lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2006, which began July 1, are already about $6.4 million, or nearly 13 percent, higher than the same period last year. Cumulative lottery sales have totaled about $1.13 billion, with the overwhelming amount during Shaheen's tenure.

Since inception, the New Mexico Lottery has already raised nearly $256 million for public education in the state, including more than $189 for the Lottery Success Scholarship program. More than 35,000 students have received in-state tuition for college from this merit-based scholarship program. An updated student count is expected shortly.

Shaheen is one of the leading candidates for the role of N.C. Lottery Director, which is expected to be announced by Thursday.

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Posted: November 15, 2005, 11:19 pm - IP Logged

Oh, no. Not a computer guy. And I have a feeling he won't be repenting his sins like Jim Scroggins did.

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    Posted: November 16, 2005, 10:05 am - IP Logged

    Great choice in terms of getting things started quickly and well.   Florida, Georgia, New Mexico--he's seasoned and he's good. 

    I doubt that he'll go with the random number computers in NC--he'll start with instants and then Pick 3--he'll want the action of the balls....

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      Posted: November 16, 2005, 10:50 am - IP Logged

      Great choice in terms of getting things started quickly and well.   Florida, Georgia, New Mexico--he's seasoned and he's good. 

      I doubt that he'll go with the random number computers in NC--he'll start with instants and then Pick 3--he'll want the action of the balls....

      Actually, it makes me rather nervous, because New Mexico is an all-computerized state, and I would be very concerned if I were a N.C. resident with the impending possibility that he would take those awful computerized contraptions to North Carolina.

      North Carolina residents need to nip that in the bud, before it even comes up for discussion.  Do not stop writing and calling the Governor's office to let them know that they need to avoid computerized drawings at all costs

      Write, write, write -- everyday

      Call, call, call -- everyday

      The Lottery Director's mailing address is:

      Dr. Charles Sanders
      Chairman
      North Carolina Lottery Commission
      c/o Fran Wilkinson
      20301 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

      His e-mail address is casanders@mindspring.com

      The governor's office contact phone number is (919) 733-5612.

      Make it a daily task!  The day is not complete until you've made at least one phone call, written one e-mail, and mailed one letter.  That's the only way to be sure!

       

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        Posted: November 16, 2005, 11:15 am - IP Logged

        If Shaheen resigned in NM it seems pretty clear he'll be the new guy in NC.

        When he came to NM, he was pretty open about staying 18 - 24 months and then moving on to something "bigger and better" (no lack of ego). Its taken him 6 years instead of two - but I wish him luck.

        Based on who the finalists were, he was probably the best choice.

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          Posted: November 16, 2005, 11:18 am - IP Logged

          With the current tenure rate in N.C., he'll only be there a week or two.

          Cheers

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            Posted: November 16, 2005, 11:23 am - IP Logged

            At least he hasn't been on GTECH's or SciGame's payroll - neither of them is likely to complain too much about him or feel like they've "got it made" - they've both been vendors for him during his time in NM

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              Posted: November 17, 2005, 12:26 am - IP Logged

              Hopefully they don't go the route of computerized drawings, just because a new perosn will be in charge.

              Dance like no one is watching.

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                Posted: November 17, 2005, 11:20 am - IP Logged

                Great choice in terms of getting things started quickly and well.   Florida, Georgia, New Mexico--he's seasoned and he's good. 

                I doubt that he'll go with the random number computers in NC--he'll start with instants and then Pick 3--he'll want the action of the balls....

                Actually, it makes me rather nervous, because New Mexico is an all-computerized state, and I would be very concerned if I were a N.C. resident with the impending possibility that he would take those awful computerized contraptions to North Carolina.

                North Carolina residents need to nip that in the bud, before it even comes up for discussion.  Do not stop writing and calling the Governor's office to let them know that they need to avoid computerized drawings at all costs

                Write, write, write -- everyday

                Call, call, call -- everyday

                The Lottery Director's mailing address is:

                Dr. Charles Sanders
                Chairman
                North Carolina Lottery Commission
                c/o Fran Wilkinson
                20301 Mail Service Center
                Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

                His e-mail address is casanders@mindspring.com

                The governor's office contact phone number is (919) 733-5612.

                Make it a daily task!  The day is not complete until you've made at least one phone call, written one e-mail, and mailed one letter.  That's the only way to be sure!

                SmashThank you Todd.  I will get on it.

                takeemtothebank

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                  Posted: November 17, 2005, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

                  With the current tenure rate in N.C., he'll only be there a week or two.

                  ROFL

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                    Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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                    Posted: November 17, 2005, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

                    Great choice in terms of getting things started quickly and well.   Florida, Georgia, New Mexico--he's seasoned and he's good. 

                    I doubt that he'll go with the random number computers in NC--he'll start with instants and then Pick 3--he'll want the action of the balls....

                    Actually, it makes me rather nervous, because New Mexico is an all-computerized state, and I would be very concerned if I were a N.C. resident with the impending possibility that he would take those awful computerized contraptions to North Carolina.

                    North Carolina residents need to nip that in the bud, before it even comes up for discussion.  Do not stop writing and calling the Governor's office to let them know that they need to avoid computerized drawings at all costs

                    Write, write, write -- everyday

                    Call, call, call -- everyday

                    The Lottery Director's mailing address is:

                    Dr. Charles Sanders
                    Chairman
                    North Carolina Lottery Commission
                    c/o Fran Wilkinson
                    20301 Mail Service Center
                    Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

                    His e-mail address is casanders@mindspring.com

                    The governor's office contact phone number is (919) 733-5612.

                    Make it a daily task!  The day is not complete until you've made at least one phone call, written one e-mail, and mailed one letter.  That's the only way to be sure!

                    DisneyThank you Todd.

                    takeemtothebank