The head of the Nebraska lottery has been suspended pending an investigation of gifts involving a vendor, officials said.
Jim Quinn, who has been director of the lottery since its creation in 1993, was suspended earlier this week, said Terri Teuber, spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Johanns.
"It has nothing to do with the operation of the lottery," she said. "It has to do with accepting gifts."
Quinn did not immediately return a message Wednesday.
State law prohibits elected officials and employees of the executive branch from accepting more than $50 a month in gifts from lobbyists or their representatives.
Tax Commissioner Mary Jane Egr said the investigation involves Quinn's dealings with one of the lottery's estimated 12 vendors.
"I'm not going to go into that much specifics. I'm going to leave it in the gift category," she said.