Harris named state lottery director

Harris named state lottery director After serving as the executive director for almost three years, Clint Harris has been officially appointed to head the South Dakota Lottery by Secretary of Revenue and Regulation Gary Viken.

"We are extremely fortunate to have a person with Clint's knowledge and experience in all facets of the lottery to serve as its executive director," Viken said. "I am confident that under Clint's leadership, the lottery will continue to be a good source of revenue for South Dakota as well as an entertaining outlet for those who choose to play."

The lottery became a part of the new Department of Revenue and Regulation on April 17 as part of Gov. Mike Rounds' reorganization of state government. Harris said he's happy to be continuing in the position on a more permanent basis.

"I really enjoy working with the people at the lottery and our retailers, and I look forward to being a part of the new Department of Revenue and Regulation," Harris said.

"We'll continue to make sure the lottery is an efficient, fair and fun way to raise revenues for the state."

Harris came to the South Dakota Lottery in 1993 as a research analyst and in 1995 became the lottery's director of administration where he was in charge of the division's accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and consumer systems. Upon the departure of then-executive director Rodger Leonard in 2000, then Gov. Bill Janklow appointed Harris as acting executive director. Gov. Rounds reappointed Harris to the position earlier this year.

Harris has a bachelor of science degree from Northern State University and a master's degree in business administration from The University of South Dakota. Prior to joining the lottery, he worked in the retail grocery business for 17 years.

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