Ohio Lottery Director Resigns

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Another agency director under Governor Ted Strickland is calling it quits!

Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan resigned Tuesday afternoon.

Dolan, a former Cleveland city councilman, has been heading the Ohio lottery for the past 2 1/2 years.

A reason for his departure is not known.

Just last week Michael Shoemaker was dismissed. He was in charge of the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Take a look at Dolan's resignation letter:


It is with mixed emotion that I submit this letter to you for consideration. On July 1, 2009, the Lottery successfully converted its on-line gaming system from GTECH to Intralot - one of the largest vendor-to-vendor conversions in North American lottery history. This past week, I spent time reflecting on some of the Lottery's accomplishments over the past two-and-a-half years - re-branding the Lottery as a modern consumer product organization; generating $30 million of new revenue through the introduction of Keno at taverns and restaurants around Ohio; realizing a base savings of $20 million per year through the implementation of the Intralot gaming system; and achieving record sales in fiscal year 2009. I am proud that all of these accomplishments will benefit K-12 education in Ohio through the increased return of net operating profit to the Department of Education for many years.

I also spent a considerable amount of time contemplating our future initiatives, specifically your July 13, 2009 directive to implement Video Lottery Terminals at race tracks in Ohio. My reflection has led me to conclude that the best interests of the Lottery and the State, as well as my personal interests, would be best served by passing the Lottery "baton" so that the next leg of the race can be completed freshly. Accordingly, I submit my notice of resignation to you, effective upon the appointment of my successor.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve and stand ready to assist the Lottery's transition and to serve the State in another capacity should you so desire.


Michael A. Dolan

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