2008-10-22 14:38:14.72

Ray Reappointed To Missouri Lottery Commission

Story Photo Charles “Larry” Ray of Hayti was recently reappointed as a member of the Missouri Lottery Commission by Gov. Matt Blunt.  Ray’s new reappointment on Oct. 21 is subject to Senate confirmation for a term ending Sept. 7, 2011.  He has been a member of the Lottery Commission since May 2005.

Ray has served as the Pemiscot County Clerk since 2003.  He has also served as the budget officer, election authority and flood plain administrator for the county.  Prior to that, he was employed with Southwestern Bell Corp. (SBC) from 1979 to 2001, ending his career at SBC as the director of labor relations. 

Ray is currently pursuing a career in farming.  He also sells crop insurance through White and Associates of Dyersburg, Tenn. 

Ray has a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University School of Business Management. 

The Missouri Lottery Commission is a five-member commission, appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate, to govern the Lottery.  The three other members currently serving on the Commission are:  Celeste Witzel of St. Louis, chair; Marti Cortez of Manchester; and Robert Gattermeir of Olean.  One seat on the commission is currently vacant.

The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $265 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, the Virtual Schools program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Future Minority Teacher Scholarships.  In fiscal year 2008, the Missouri Lottery ranked sixth in percentage increase in sales among the 42 United States lotteries.

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