- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say about $400,000 will be saved from the elimination of six Arkansas Scholarship Lottery jobs.

The state’s accounting administrator said Tuesday that four employees will have their jobs cut effective May 1, and their duties will be handled by other state workers. Two others have taken jobs elsewhere, and their positions will be eliminated.

“I have personally thanked them for their role in the success of this agency and we wish them the best as they move on to a new chapter in their professional lives,” said Lottery Director Bishop Woosley, a lottery official since mid-2009 and the lottery director since February 2012.

Paul Louthian, administrator for the Department of Finance and Administration’s office of accounting, says the aim is to “eliminate any duplicate services to make (the lottery) as efficient as possible.”

According to a fiscal 2015 budget, annual salaries at the lottery total almost $4.2 million.

The governor’s administration assumed control of the lottery in February after a law abolished the Arkansas Lottery Commission and placed the lottery under a division of the state Department of Finance and Administration.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1yOLkZd ) reports the lottery had 75 employees in February. It will have 67 on May 1 after two additional employees leave.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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