Wyoming Lottery Selects CEO, Start Date Postponed

Sept. 24, 2013 – The Wyoming Lottery announced Monday that it had selected former Deputy Director of the Oregon Lottery Jim Clontz to lead the newly-formed Wyoming Lottery as CEO.

Clontz, 49, has held the deputy director position with Oregon’s Lottery for the past two years.  Wyoming Lottery Corporation board chairman Brian Scott Gamroth told the Billings Gazette that Clontz will “get things done for Wyoming.”

“His leadership qualities, strong communication skills, and a proven track record of success with the Oregon Lottery give us great confidence in his abilities,” Gamroth said.

The Billings Gazette reported that Clontz, who served in the Army and holds a master’s degree in public administration, will earn $165,000 each year, and will assume his position as CEO Oct. 7.

Monday afternoon, Clontz gave a presentation to the Wyoming Lottery board detailing his plans for getting the quasi-governmental Wyoming Lottery started.

His plan pushes the estimated start date back nearly a whole year; the nine-member board had, up to this point, expected the Lottery to start selling tickets in the first quarter of 2014.

Clontz’ outline for the start-up begins with hiring a seven-member staff and seeking vendor proposals.  By January, Clontz said, the board should be able to review vendor proposals ahead of a selection in February.

Clontz said it was a “rough draft,” and “people need to expect [the plan] to change,” but Gamroth told the Gazette that Clontz’ estimate for launch in October 2014 came as a surprise.

The process could be moved along faster, Clontz said Monday, but a shorter timeline would mean rushing through contract reviews or the testing process for game systems.

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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013