JEFFERSON CITY — The outgoing Missouri Lottery director has accepted a job with a lottery contractor to lead government relations and legislative affairs.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Canada’s Pollard Banknote said May Scheve Reardon’s 13 years as head of state lottery operations will help the company work with other state lotteries as a provider of scratch games and other services.
“His in-depth understanding of the industry and all facets of the lottery business will ensure that Pollard Banknote continues to offer the best support to our lottery partners to maximize funds for the worthy causes they support,” said Pollard executive vice president Jennifer. Westbury.
State contract records show that Pollard received approximately $10 million in state payments for work he performed for the lottery during Reardon’s tenure. Reardon referred to them as a “minor” contractor in the operation of the Missouri Lottery, helping with the supply of scratch tickets.
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“After working closely with Pollard Banknote for many years in various roles in the lottery industry, I am delighted to join their organization,” Reardon said in a prepared statement.
The hiring caps a tumultuous end to Reardon’s job with the Lottery. She announced in June that she was stepping down after lawmakers cut the agency’s advertising budget.
Spending plan signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson includes reduction in advertising and elimination of funds used to promote lottery at St. Louis Cardinals games, Forest Park Balloon Festival, St. Louis Blues games and others events.
These events generated over $782,000 for the lottery last year.
In 2021, budget editors cut an advertising budget from $1.5 million to $400,000. This year they cut the remaining funds.
Earlier this month, top state budget drafters called on the Missouri Lottery to put any major decisions on hold until a new executive director is hired.
In announcing the hire, Pollard said Reardon, 57, had made it through the lottery, increasing his contribution to state education funding from $250 million a year to $400 million.
The company said Reardon “has provided exceptional leadership both to the lottery and within the lottery industry”.
As an example, the company said it was inducted into the Public Gaming Research Institute’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame in 2019 in recognition of its outstanding contributions.
The lottery has not announced plans to hire a new manager. Reardon earned $127,594 in his last full year in the role.
The operation is overseen by a commission appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is responsible for hiring the general manager. Parson said earlier that he would not interfere in the commission’s search for and appointment of a new leader.