LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's lottery is cutting its work
force, closing an office and changing low-tiered payouts in moves
aimed at turning over more money to the cash-strapped state.
Changes approved by the Kentucky Lottery Corp.'s board on
Wednesday were the most sweeping in its 19-year history and will
save an estimated $4.5 million in the next year, said lottery
President and CEO Arch Gleason.
The lottery restructuring comes after Kentucky lawmakers
approved a two-year state budget earlier this year. The spending
plan raised the percentage of lottery proceeds going to the state
amid a severe budget crunch that caused cuts across much of state
The lottery will let 25 staff members go - a 13 percent cut in
the lottery's work force. Another three vacant positions will be
eliminated. Also, the lottery's Bowling Green regional office will
close, and operations at regional offices in Prestonsburg,
Lexington and Madisonville will be curtailed.
The state's budget projects a return of $207.5 million from the
lottery in the coming year, compared to $190.5 million projected in
the fiscal year ending June 30. The bulk of it will go for college
scholarships, but portions also will go for literacy and other
Gleason said the cutbacks come after a top-to-bottom review, and
said he hopes the changes will have "minimal impact" on players