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Former lawman will head up state Lottery

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on April 30, 2010 at 11:34 am with 4 Comments »
April 30, 2010 11:37 am

A former Washington State Patrol officer has been named director of the Washington State Lottery.

Gov. Chris Gregoire just announced that she’s appointed Bill Hanson to the post. In addition to serving as a patrolman and a trooper’s union and law enforcement association official, Hanson has served on the Lottery Commission for the last five years.

 “The state Lottery is undergoing a period of change with a new mission,” the governor said in a press release. “Bill is the right director at the right to time to usher in this new phase of the state’s lottery, especially as it helps fund critical programs like education.”

Read on for the full press announcement:


Gov. Gregoire appoints Bill Hanson to head up Washington State Lottery

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced the appointment of Bill Hanson as the new director of the Washington State Lottery.
“The state Lottery is undergoing a period of change with a new mission,” said Gregoire.  “Bill is the right director at the right to time to usher in this new phase of the state’s lottery, especially as it helps fund critical programs like education.”
Hanson has more than three decades of experience in public service and law enforcement.  He is a former State Patrol Officer serving for 27 years and was the president and vice president of the Washington State troopers association for six of those years.  Hanson left the department in 2000 to become the executive director of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs where he served until 2006.  Most recently, since 2007, Hanson has been the executive director of the Washington state Fraternal order of Police.  Hanson has also been a member of the Washington State Lottery Commission the last five years.
“I am honored and excited about this new opportunity to serve,” Hanson said. “I look forward to getting to work right away, helping ensure that the Lottery does its part to support the recently created Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, which will go a long way to fund important college and early learning programs for those who need it the most.”
Hanson will replace outgoing director Christopher Liu.
“I want to thank Chris for his hard work and his many accomplishments during his tenure,” said Gregoire.  “He has been a great leader and an outstanding steward of the state Lottery these last five years.”
Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated revenue for a number of state programs including school construction, stadium debt and the general fund.  During the 2010 legislative session, the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account was created and all net income from the multi-state lottery games, other than those dedicated to the Problem Gambling Account, were to be deposited into the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account rather than into the general fund.  Funds in this account are to be used for the following programs: recruitment of entrepreneurial researchers, innovation partnership zones, and research teams; the early childhood education and assistance program (ECEAP); the State Need Grant; the State Work Study program; College Bound Scholarships; Washington Promise Scholarships; Washington Scholars; the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE).
Most recently, Washington’s Lottery returned $120 million in Fiscal Year 2009.
Hanson’s appointment is effective May 16. He will earn an annual salary of $115,000.

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  1. bullman120 says:

    another reward for a loyal party member. ooops i ment union member. i mean trooper, loyal trooper.

  2. Given the state lottery commission’s mandate of “maximizing revenue ‘consonant with the dignity of the state and the general welfare of the people,’” an honest assessment of anything approaching the true purpose of the Lottery should prompt Hanson to head-out rather than head-up the state Lottery.

    Here’s why.

    The California Lottery, as one state example, according to the California Budget Project, is “a sucker’s bet.”

    Parents for Public Schools and the Parent Advisory Council in San Francisco asked the San Francisco Board of Education why there was a $113 million deficit projected through the 2011-12 school year. “Don’t we have all that lottery money?” they asked. Turns out no matter what voters were told in 1984 when the lottery was created, the lottery provides less than two percent of revenues for education. Even if lottery revenues tripled, in 2007-08 that would have amounted to five cents of revenue for every dollar the state spent on education. (April 2, 2010 – the day after April Fool’s Day; in City Bright, by Rachel Norton, http://www.sfgate.com).

    In Tennessee, half of food stamp users play the lottery, and the state would lose $6 million if welfare users stopped playing. (Shaun Chaiyabhat reporting for WREG-TV, April 9, 2009).

    In Florida, the lottery is “pushing Floridians to spend more amid recession,” (Lindsay Peterson, The Tampa Tribune, March 5, 2010). Florida “started selling tickets 22 years ago with the promise the money would help the schools. But as the recession cuts into state revenue, education contributions sink. . . .

    “The lottery’s answer: Get more people to spend more money on the games of chance.”

    The process by which to get people to spend more money they don’t have? Probe their habits.

    The result of the state’s spending millions by which to conduct their survey?

    “The results show the lottery relies on the poorest and least educated. . .the most from the poorest.

    “Anthony Miyazaki of Florida International University in Miami has spent more than a decade researching lottery players. He questions whether the state should promote a practice that exploits human weakness. ‘How do you have high expectations for people when the government itself is promoting what is likely a false hope?’ he asked.

    “The public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, get about 7. . .cents (on the dollar). Studies have questioned even that benefit, showing that as the lottery shifted money into the education budget, lawmakers shifted money out to support other programs.

    “But about 10 cents of every lottery dollar, nearly $400 million, goes to retailers, marketing and advertising companies, and a lottery staff, all devoted to one thing: selling tickets.

    “The games are designed to override people’s common sense, especially people who don’t believe they have control over their lives, he (Miyazaki) said.

    “Reliance on lottery revenue is bad public policy, too, in the view of some experts. ‘It’s really a negative way of trying to meet the state’s financial needs,’ said H. Roy Kaplan, an associate professor at the University of South Florida and former vice president of the state Council on Compulsive Gambling.

    “Studies of lottery spending, including one from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, show the money comes largely from Social Security, unemployment and other government support. Government, in other words, is paying government — with a lot of money siphoned off in the process. It’s inefficient, the reserve bank writers concluded.”

    And yet in a report to the Florida Legislature, the State Lottery Commission called the debate on the impact to education “a distraction.”

    Meanwhile in our own State of Washington, Gov. Chris ‘Gambling’ Gregoire promised it would never happen again. What was ‘it’? The Lottery targeting youth as the next generation of gamblers by providing candy-wrapper scratch-off tickets (Peter Callaghan, TNT, 2008).

    And now, under a governor who has done more than any previous governor to expand an industry that preys upon her own people, we will “usher in this new phase of the state’s lottery”?

    “Usher : door keeper.” Don’t do it Hanson. Slam the door. On your way out.

  3. Olemag says:

    The best way to maximize the Lottery dollars would be to STOP IT!

    Result? End of another questionable, at best, beaurocracy that actually costs the taxpayers money to perpetuate.

  4. gowenray says:

    Excuse me, did anyone pick up on that part of the statement that said….”since 1982 the lottery has funded a number of state programs including school construction, stadium debt and the general fund.”
    Now I’m old enough to remember that the total concept of a state lottery was sold to the state voters on the basis of dedicated funds to state education programs, period.
    But then, if you check you’ll find a bunch of trumped up dedicated sur-taxes and fees that have been “legislated” to the general fund instead of the specific cause for which they were created.
    And, what’s bothersome is none are included in the annual break we get from Congressional vote to allow a tax credit for the Sales-Tax we pay to keep the state operating. Oh, excuse me, they are an allowed deduction for business. Begining to feel that tax-bayonet again voter folks???

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