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Vermont Lottery director to step down
The Vermont Lottery Commission today announced that long-time Executive Director Alan Yandow would not seek another biannual appointment to the position. After nearly fourteen years as Executive Director, and working with three governors, Yandow will leave state service. Yandow said, I step down from one of the most interesting positions in state government. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the State of Vermont and lottery players over the last fourteen years . Governor Peter ...
Feb 24, 2012, 2:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery Commission picks new director
The Arkansas Lottery Commission picked Bishop Woosley, the lottery's chief legal counsel, to be the state's new lottery director. The nine-member commission made the decision at the end of a day-long meeting Saturday at its headquarters in downtown Little Rock, after interviewing Woosley and six other candidates, lottery spokeswoman Julie Baldridge said. Baldridge, who has been serving as interim lottery director since Ernie Passailaigue resigned in October, said she looks forward to worki ...
Feb 12, 2012, 1:43 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio's interim lottery chief given official title
Dennis R. Berg has been named director of the Ohio Lottery, Gov. John Kasich announced on Friday. Berg had been the lottery's interim director since Jan. 10, 2011, appointed to that role just days after Kasich took office. Berg formerly served as the lottery's deputy director of finance and has worked for the state agency since 1991. The lottery has had 10 straight years of sales growth, posting a record $2.6 billion in sales in fiscal 2011. And the agency could be on tap for more. T ...
Feb 11, 2012, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum

Ark. lottery panel puts new limits on chief's pay
The Arkansas Lottery Commission, in an attempt to deflect criticism it received in the past for former top officials' six-figure salaries, set new salary limits Monday for its next director. The commission voted to set the maximum salary for the next director at $175,000. The nine-member commission plans to begin interview candidates this weekend for the opening left by former director Ernie Passailaigue, who resigned in September after criticism over his management of the games. Passailai ...
Feb 8, 2012, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery to begin director search
The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Monday to begin its search for a new director in December, but the panel left unanswered how quickly it hoped to fill the vacancy left by former director Ernie Passailaigue. The commission voted to begin advertising for the director job on Dec. 1 and to begin reviewing applications at its Jan. 9 meeting. The panel set a priority deadline of Jan. 4, but it said it would continue to accept applications after that date. The commission hired Passailaigue, ...
Nov 23, 2011, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum

Indiana Gov. names interim Hoosier Lottery director
Megan Ornellas will serve as interim director of the Hoosier Lottery until a replacement can be found for Kathryn Densborn, who resigned following a flap over her lavish spending on a new headquarters. (See Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed, Lottery Post, Oct. 14, 2011.) Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration announced Ornellas' appointment Monday. Ornellas is the chief of staff for the Family and Social Services Administration, the state's largest agency. Ornellas wil ...
Oct 17, 2011, 8:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery not in a rush to fill director position
Arkansas Lottery commissioners said Monday they're in no rush to find a replacement for director Ernie Passailaigue weeks after he resigned the job and following the departure of two of his deputies. The nine-member commission did not vote on a job description for the post after members said they wanted more time to review criteria. Passailaigue, who oversaw the state of Arkansas' lottery, resigned Sept. 19 following criticism over his management of the games. Commission Chairwoman Dianne ...
Oct 17, 2011, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum

Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed
Hoosier Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn stepped down Friday after coming under fire for moving the lottery to a posh new headquarters in Indianapolis. Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement he accepted her resignation, which was effective Friday. Densborn came under fire last week following reports of lavish spending on the move from Pan Am Plaza to a 35,000-square-foot office on Meridian Street. (See Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2011.) Lotter ...
Oct 14, 2011, 6:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery fires second VP
The Arkansas Lottery has fired the last of three top officials brought in to launch the games two years ago, and the lottery commission's chairwoman called the move an opportunity for change. Ernestine Middleton, the lottery vice president for administration, was fired Wednesday two days after the resignations of embattled director Ernie Passailaigue and another vice president, David Barden. Passailaigue announced last month he would be leaving, but Barden and Middleton had said they wanted t ...
Oct 7, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum

New travel questions crop up in Ark. Lottery director's final days in office
Outgoing Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue gave his last scheduled report to state lawmakers today, as the lottery's internal auditor said new questions have arisen about Passailaigue's travel reimbursements. Michael Hyde told the legislative committee that oversees the lottery today that he has referred to the Division of Legislative Audit a few things that came up. It was of a nature that I felt like it needed to be investigated, he said. Hyde mentioned the matter in answ ...
Oct 3, 2011, 1:24 am - Lottery News forum