July 23, 2013 – The Wyoming Lottery, which on July 1 began working towards its target launch date of February 2014, recently mapped out an initial checklist of tasks it must complete to reach that goal.
Not least among them was finding a CEO who could assist the nine-member board of the semi-private Lottery in start-up efforts, and this week the search for leadership began in earnest.
Thursday, the board of the Wyoming Lottery Corp. posted a job listing on lotteryinsider.com and the Public Gaming Research Institute website – both leaders in providing information to the lottery industry.
The listing explains that Wyoming is the 44th state to authorize a lottery, and that they are searching for a CEO who can “direct and manage an aggressive start-up plan and the day-to-day operations of the Wyoming Lottery Corp.”
Candidates should have excellent presentation skills, as they’ll represent the Lottery Corporation in front of the Wyoming state legislature, and any CEO should be “excited by the challenge… of starting the Wyoming Lottery from ground zero”.
The board has stressed that they’re looking for a leader with prior experience as a lottery director, especially one who has navigated the difficult start-up period before any tickets can be sold.
They met with the executive director of the Tennessee Lottery, Rebecca Hargrove, who helped build several lotteries from the ground up, including the Georgia Lottery – the model which Wyoming will follow.
Hargrove insisted that the lottery is a “zero mistake business,” and the board of the Wyoming Lottery is willing to pay big money to ensure no mistakes are made in the early stages of organizing.
Board members have said that a rumored $175,000 salary for their CEO was too low to attract the candidates they’re looking for.
The executive director of the Wyoming State Liquor Association called the salary estimate “chicken feed”, and told Wyoming’s trib.com “we don’t have the luxury of a learning curve. Every day we don’t have a lottery it is costing us money.”