- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says the state lottery director’s resignation was warranted given questions about his expenses.

Ed Van Petten resigned Friday after a Star Tribune report revealed the director had been reimbursed for staying at his personal timeshare units during conferences in three cities. Van Petten told The Associated Press the arrangement saved public money but conceded it may have violated state policies for employee expenses.

Dayton says he would have asked Van Petten to leave had the director not offered to resign. The Democratic governor defended the agency’s overall performance but said he’d welcome a larger probe into state lottery expenditures.

The Star Tribune first reported Van Petten’s exit. The state will immediately search for a replacement.

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