Gov. Strickland Selects Cleveland City Councilman To Head Ohio Lottery

CLEVELAND (AP) - Gov. Ted Strickland selected a Cleveland city councilman to head the Ohio Lottery as it prepares to hold Sunday drawings for the first time to try to boost sales and profits.

"We're going to try to maximize sales and broaden the focus of the lottery so more people are playing, especially people with discretionary income," said Michael Dolan, appointed by Strickland on Tuesday.

Dolan, 45, becomes executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission next Wednesday, with an annual salary of $109,000, Strickland said in a news release.

The lottery announced Monday that it would hold Sunday drawings for the first time in its 33-year history.

The lottery hopes to begin the Sunday drawings by May. Adding them to the daily Pick 3, Pick 4 and Rolling Cash 5 games will mean additional sales of $26 million to $34 million next year, with increased profits of $10.9 million to $14.3 million, the lottery said.

Dolan said he hopes to increase annual sales - now at $2 billion - by introducing new games and more aggressively marketing existing ones.

"We'll look at everything," he said.

Dolan, who has served on the City Council since 1996, said he plans to resign his $68,000-a-year seat Monday and appoint a temporary successor. He joined council as an appointee and later won election to three consecutive terms.