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Colorado Lottery chief to leave at year's end

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Colorado Lottery Director Abel Tapia will retire at the end of the year.

The Puebloan and former state representative and senator, was appointed lottery chief in July 2010.

Tapia said Thursday he has been weighing retirement for a year and had planned to lead the lottery for three to four years.

"It turns out it's about 3½ years and in the lottery, (that's) a lifetime," Tapia said. "Directors usually have an 18-month average on the job because it's high-profile and high-demand, so I'm very pleased with that. I'm content with that."

The desire for more time with family and grandchildren, Tapia said, is why he's retiring.

The retirement, announced by the state Department of Revenue, is not connected to the lottery's recent criticism of awarding a $62 million contract to an overseas company.

"The timing is uncomfortable because you have (media reports) and people may make the connection. A year ago I was talking about this transition. In my mind it has no relation at all to that. That's just an independent thing that came up. We always have things come up. We're a pretty visible entity."

Tapia said one his proudest accomplishments with the lottery was posting "one of the best sales years ever" for fiscal year 2013, which also gave back $126 million of proceeds to cities, counties, parks and Great Outdoors Colorado.

Extra proceeds, of about $6 million to $8 million, spill into the state's Building Excellent Schools Today fund.

That money benefits school projects in rural areas.

A search for a new director will begin in August and Tapia will stay on until the end of the year to help with the transition.

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: July 27, 2013, 1:09 am - IP Logged

A $62 Million Dollar contract to an overseas company?

See, I told ya.

Reefer Madness.

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    Posted: July 27, 2013, 3:55 am - IP Logged

     Colorado has it going on Yes Nod

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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       Colorado has it going on Yes Nod

      I heard they want to designate one lane for skateboards only on all interstate highways in the state.

      With emergency munchie boxes at every mile marker.

      And all munchies must be free by court order.

      Because it's not fair that only the rich can satisfy their munchies.

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        I heard they want to designate one lane for skateboards only on all interstate highways in the state.

        With emergency munchie boxes at every mile marker.

        And all munchies must be free by court order.

        Because it's not fair that only the rich can satisfy their munchies.

        Munchies used to be cheap, so was the reefer, now you have to be rich for either.

        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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          I heard they want to designate one lane for skateboards only on all interstate highways in the state.

          With emergency munchie boxes at every mile marker.

          And all munchies must be free by court order.

          Because it's not fair that only the rich can satisfy their munchies.

          LOLLOLLOL    I bet they make more from snack machines then lotto. Reminds me of one Grateful Dead show where people made $$ selling P&J sandwiches.

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            Posted: July 27, 2013, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

            Hundred bucks says this guy can't name a John Denver song.

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              Posted: July 27, 2013, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

              Hundred bucks says this guy can't name a John Denver song.

              who's john denverWhat?

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                Posted: July 27, 2013, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

                who's john denverWhat?

                 

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                  Posted: July 27, 2013, 8:56 pm - IP Logged

                  Either that guy dyes his hair or he's related to Ronald Reagan.

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                    Posted: August 11, 2013, 3:50 am - IP Logged

                    Well if he thinks he already accomplished his goals it's time for him to move on. Now he can provide longer time with his family. I wish him good luck on his next endeavor.

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                      Posted: August 11, 2013, 3:51 am - IP Logged

                      If he thinks he already accomplished his goals, I think it's time for him to move on. His family will be happy because he will be able to spend more time with him. I wish him good luck on his next endeavor.

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                        Posted: August 11, 2013, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                         

                        LOLGreen laugh

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                          who's john denverWhat?

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqb0em452CM

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                            Posted: August 11, 2013, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

                            Great!  Did you know that song started Rap music.