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California Lottery Director Dismissed

California Lottery Director Dismissed - Gov.-elect Jerry Brown has told California Lottery Director Joan Borucki that her services are no longer needed.

Her last day is Sunday, according to a Dec. 23 e-mail obtained by The Bee and confirmed by lottery officials. Brown takes the oath of office the next day.

The incoming administration has asked Linh Nguyen, chief deputy director, to stay on as acting director until a permanent replacement is named, according to Nguyen's e-mail to lottery staff.

"As we know, changes in Administration often bring personnel changes," the e-mail states. "That is the nature of appointed positions."

California Lottery Director Dismissed

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup provided no insight into the reasons behind the change. "As is common during any transition, a number of the current administration's appointees have been informed that their appointment will conclude when the current governor's term ends," he said in an e-mailed statement.

The lottery's nine games took in nearly $2.95 billion in sales during the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to its most recent published report. Still, sales were off from the previous year, and total revenue was down 5.6 percent over 2007-08. Lottery officials said Monday that a final accounting of the 2009-10 year will show that sales have increased to $3.05 billion.

California Lottery Director Dismissed


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