2005-08-19 12:56:01.0

Missouri Lottery Wins Top Accounting Award For Fifth Time

For the fifth consecutive year, the Missouri Lottery’s Accounting division has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. "We are very proud to receive this award five years in a row," said Gary Gonder, interim director for the Missouri Lottery. "Our controller, Larry Jansen, and our financial accounting analyst, Cathy Long, make sure that our accounting procedures meet the highest standards. It takes an enormous amount of organization, detail and expertise to prepare the comprehensive annual financial report that is required by the GFOA." The GFOA certificate of achievement award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Lottery’s comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the GFOA program. The organization also said the Lottery’s report demonstrated "a constructive ’spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate the agency’s financial story." The GFOA, which has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is a non-profit professional association that serves more than 16,000 government finance professionals.

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