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Passailaigue speaks before the Arkansas Lottery Commission

The lottery could have two vice president positions filled by the end of the week. Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue says he's "guardedly optimistic" that Ernestine Middleton and David Barden will accept his offer for VP of Administration and VP of Gaming, respectively. Both are current employees of the South Carolina Lottery and will be paid $225,000 per year, which has drawn some criticism of late. Passailaigue says it's worth hiring candidates with lottery experience to get the games running sooner. He and others have stated that each day tickets are not on sale, the state loses $1 million per day in lottery revenue and a quarter of a million in scholarships.  Passailaigue hopes to hear from both candidates about their final decision by Wednesday.  Both positions were approved as part of a request from Passailaigue and the Lottery Commission at a legislative oversight committee hearing last week.  

Passailaigue has also been interviewing candidates for other positions since Wednesday, including on the fourth of July.  He hopes to have some management level positions hired by the end of the week, maybe even as soon as this afternoon.

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