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N.C. Lottery Director Starts New Job Monday

Posted December 5, 2005 8:02 a.m. EST

— The man in charge of the state lottery starts his job Monday morning.

Tom Shaheen comes to North Carolina after leading the New Mexico lottery for five years. If the games start here within four months, Shaheen will earn a $50,000 bonus.

Money from the lottery is slated to help pay for pre-kindergarten programs, new teachers, new schools and college scholarships.

On Friday, lottery commissioners took a look at the numbers game in Nashville, Tenn. They watched the various elements that make the Tennessee games happen -- from gas station clerks who sell tickets to the ping pong-ball machines used for selecting numbers.

Lottery commissioners even bumped into a new millionaire claiming his winnings.