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Missouri Lottery director leaving for Oklahoma

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The long-time head of the Missouri Lottery is leaving to help the state of Oklahoma start its own lottery.

James Scroggins, 61, has run Missouri's Lottery for 13 years.

Oklahomans approved creating lotto last fall. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission approved the hiring Tuesday. State officials there hope the new games will generate $150 million a year for education.

Besides base pay of $175,000 a year, Scroggins will earn a $25,000 bonus if instant lottery tickets are on sale by October. He'll earn another $25,000 if lottery games are offered online by next January.

Scroggins is expected to begin the Oklahoma job by June 6.

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