The purpose of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is to oversee the operation of a lottery whose net proceeds will provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas citizens for in-state colleges and universities. Scholarships are to be available for nonprofit, public and private, two and four-year colleges and universities. The commission may establish and oversee one or more lotteries to fund the scholarships as well as to fund the commission operations. Arkansas Code Annotated § 23-115-102 and 23-115-801(a)(2)(A).
Under A.C.A. § 23-115-102, the lotteries are to be operated and managed in a manner that:
• Provides continuing entertainment to the public
• Maximizes the revenue generated
• Preserves the integrity and dignity of the process
• Accounts to the public and the General Assembly through reports and audits
Dr. George Hammons, Chair, Pine Bluff
Hammons is Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Philander Smith College. He is a senior scientist at the National Center for Toxicological Research and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has previously served on the Arkansas Racing Commission and the Bradley County Board of Election Commissioners. This appointment by Governor Beebe expires April 1, 2017.
John C. (Smokey) Campbell III, Vice Chair , Hot Springs
Campbell spent most of his life in Helena and now resides in Hot Springs. He was in banking for many years and continues to operate farming interests in the Arkansas Delta. He formerly served on the Arkansas Claims Commission and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. This appointment by Senator Bob Johnson expires April 1, 2015.
Julia Ann Baldridge, Secretary-Treasurer , Little Rock
Baldridge, whose career spanned more than 40 years as a journalist, gubernatorial press secretary, congressional chief of staff, and law school assistant dean, retired April 30, 2013, after working at the Arkansas lottery for four years during startup. She served the Lottery as Public Affairs and Legislative Relations Director and as Interim Director. She grew up in Heber Springs and attended Arkansas Tech, where she received a degree in English, followed by graduate school at the University of Arkansas. Her appointment by Senator Michael Lamoureux expires April 1, 2017.
Bruce R. Engstrom, North Little Rock
Engstrom is a Certified Public Accountant who founded his practice in 1981; his firm is EGP, PLLC, with locations in North Little Rock, Bryant and Heber Springs. He has been retained as an expert by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Judicial Discipline Commission. In addition to his CPA certificate, he holds additional certificates in business valuations and financial forensics. This appointment by Representative Robert Moore expires April 1, 2017.
Raymond Frazier, Little Rock
Frazier served for 10 years as Community Affairs Specialist in the office of Senator Blanche Lincoln. He has been dedicated to serving Arkansas, and the Delta, throughout his career. This appointment by Representative Robert Moore expires April 1, 2015.
Dianne Lamberth, Batesville
Lamberth is Secretary, Lyon College Board of Trustees; Past Chair, University of Arkansas at Batesville Board of Visitors; Chair, White River Health System Board of Directors, Chair, Governor's Task Force for the Twenty-First Century Economy and a member of the First Community Bank Board of Directors. This appointment by Governor Mike Beebe expires April 1, 2015.
Ben Pickard, Searcy
Pickard retired in 2008 after 28 years as Vice Chancellor of Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe. He is past president of the Arkansas College Personnel Association, Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administration and the Arkansas Council on Student Services and serves by appointment of the Governor on the Arkansas Student Loan Authority. This appointment by Governor Beebe expires April 1, 2019.
Doug Pierce, Jonesboro
Pierce is the southeast U.S. division sales manager for biotechnology firm Genentech. A 1995 graduate of Arkansas State University, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the biotechnology industry. Prior to coming back home to Arkansas in 2011, Pierce worked in Knoxville, Atlanta and San Francisco. This appointment by Speaker of the House Davy Carter expires April 1, 2019.
Mark Scott, Bentonville
Scott has more than 20 years in marketing and communications experience in Arkansas, beginning as a journalist for The Courier in Russellville and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas. He served on the communications team of Gov. Mike Huckabee before beginning a career in higher education communications at Hendrix College in Conway and Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. He is currently public relations manager for Sam’s Club. This appointment by Senator Michael Lamoureux expires April 1, 2019.
Bishop Woosley, Director
Valerie Basham, Human Resources Director
Jean Block, Chief Legal Counsel
Joanna Bunten, Advertising and Marketing Director
Jerry Fetzer, Chief Fiscal Officer
Lance Huey, Security/Compliance Director
Timothy Parrish, Treasurer
Mike Smith, Gaming Director
Robert Stebbins, Sales Director
Matt Brown, Internal Auditor