The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 27, 2010
Lottery director scratched, acting director named

101227 Borucki.JPGEditor's note, 11:14 p.m.: This post has been corrected to reflect the California Lottery's administrative costs. An earlier version incorrectly stated that the amount was $396,000.

It's begun.

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown has told Lottery Director Joan Borucki her services are no longer needed. Her last day is Sunday, according to a Dec. 23 e-mail obtained by The State Worker. Brown takes the oath of office the next day.

The incoming administration has asked Lottery Chief Deputy Director Linh Nguyen to serve as acting director, according a Nguyen e-mail to staff.

The California Lottery's nine games took in nearly $2.95 billion in sales during the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to it's last published report. About one-third, or $1.04 billion, went to education programs. Prizes accounted for $1.56 billion and administrative expenses took the rest, about $396 million.

Look for many more changes at the tops of departments in the coming days as Brown begins to recast key positions in government. As Nguyen notes in his e-mail, "That is the nature of appointed positions."

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