Ducking and weaving, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue survived two past attempts by the Arkansas Lottery Commission to fire him before his resignation was accepted in a unanimous vote yesterday ending a two-year controversial reign of the state’s newbie scholarship lottery.
The news broke Friday via a letter Passailaigue sent to one commission member but the resignation won’t be official until Oct. 7, according to Arkansas News.
In the letter he wrote: “It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to serve the commission as the director since the startup of the United States’ newest lottery. Thank you and the commission for all the courtesies that have been extended to me over the last two and a quarter years.”
Passailaigue offered no explanation for his decision.
Lottery Representative Julie Baldridge will serve as director in the interim until a replacement for Passailaigue can be hired. She said she plans to retire next year and won’t seek to become the new permanent director.