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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Woo, Ernie P., sooie!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

-- Video by David Koon

Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue talked to the Political Animals Club today.

Mostly, he shoveled the same old same old according to the Twitterers in attendance: $1 million a day being lost; world record for setup time is the goal; problems will be forgotten when lottery begins; total salaries will be less than 1 percent of gross revenue (but a significantly bigger percentage of overhead apart from winnings)

However, he did tell reporters afterward that he might pare back the total lottery payroll, from $5.2 million to $4.7 million, a savings of about 1.5 executive directors, and perhaps cut eight to 10 overall jobs from the number authorized. He also said he may reduce pay for some jobs not yet filled. He insists none of this is because of criticism of high lottery paychecks.

Ernie P. also said the lottery will be a "transcending experience" for the state. After Oct. 29, he said, "there will be a lot of smiling people."

And, oh Jesus, after any number of football analogies and references during the speech, he did the Hog call.

UPDATE: Jason Tolbert has some video of a somewhat prickly session between reporters and Passailaigue afterward.

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