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SCEL Director Elected Chair of Powerball Group
7/10/2008 12:07:43 PM

Columbia, SC (July 10, 2008) – South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue has been elected Chairman of the Powerball Group and Vice President of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Passailaigue was elected to the position by the 31 member lotteries that offer the Powerball game. His term started July 1, 2008, and will run for one year. Passailaigue is also currently serving as President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

As chairman of the Powerball Group, Passailaigue’s duties will be to oversee the management and marketing of the brand; establishment of its budget; establishment of rules and policies; and approval of new Powerball membership.

Passailaigue has served as Executive Director of SCEL since its inception in 2002. Under his leadership, cumulative lottery sales have exceeded $6.1 billion, with more than $2 billion in lottery profits appropriated to support education in the Palmetto State. In fiscal year 2008, SCEL celebrated its second best revenue year ever, with more than $992 million in sales.

Upon learning that Passailaigue was elected Chairman of the Powerball Group, South Carolina Education Lottery Chairman Tim Madden said, “All South Carolinians should share the Lottery Commission’s pride in Ernie’s continued success in the lottery industry. In a few short years he is now the leader of all North American lotteries, and the premier multi-state jackpot game, Powerball. We are fortunate to have him as Executive Director and appreciate his dedication to our mission and the outstanding representative he is for our state.”

Prior to being appointed SCEL’s Executive Director, Passailaigue was a practicing certified public accountant for over forty years. In addition, he is a former South Carolina State Senator (1988-2001).

Passailaigue holds a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. A native of Charleston, SC, he and his wife, Margaret, have seven children and seven grandchildren.

The Multi-State Lottery Association is a government-benefit, non-profit association entirely owned and operated by 31 member lotteries. Powerball is the association’s best-known game. Other games sold through the association include Hot Lotto, 2by2 and Wild Card.

The 31 MUSL members are comprised of the D.C. Lottery (District of Columbia), the Virgin Islands Lottery and 29 state lotteries, including: Arizona Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Delaware Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Hoosier Lottery (Indiana), Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, New Mexico Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery, and the West Virginia Lottery.

For more information contact:
Julie Huffman
Beneficiary Communications Coordinator
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