July 17, 2013 – The executive director of the California Lottery, Robert O’Neill, announced Monday that he was resigning after less than two years in his position.
O’Neill released a statement that he’d be pursuing other personal and professional goals, telling employees in the letter that “The past 18 months have been an eye-opening, challenging and rewarding experience for me.”
During his time as executive director, O’Neill brought the California Lottery into the multi-state game Powerball, and his leadership also brought sales up to $4.4 billion last year.
The Lottery was able to return $1.2 billion to educational programs in California last year.
But O’Neill reminded the Lottery’s employees that his departure did not signal an end to success.
“There is more to accomplish. The Lottery has just adopted a three-year strategic focus that includes: enhancing our products by launching a $20 Scratchers ticket; expanding retailer recruitment; growing our players by reaching out to lapsed and new players; and continuing to retool the lottery’s infrastructure and business processes,” he said.
This is the third change of leadership for the California Lottery since 2010, when Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed Joan Borucki as director and Linh Nguyen took her place before O’Neill was appointed.
This time, Chief Deputy Director of the California Lottery Paula LaBrie will take the reigns – at least until Brown appoints a new director.