JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The director of the Missouri Lottery is on his way out.
Executive Director Larry Jansen said Monday that he was resigning in response to the Lottery Commission's interest in changing the agency's direction.
Lottery sales fell nearly 3 percent last fiscal year after peaking at almost $1 billion in 2008. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has cited a continued decline in Lottery sales as a reason for cuts to Missouri's online school and some other educational programs that depend on its proceeds.
Lottery Commission Chairman Kevin Roberts says the agency needs to explore all possible ways of increasing its revenues.
Jansen served as director the past four years and has been with the Lottery since 1985.
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