October 10, 2013 – Nebraska Lottery Director Jim Haynes was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame last week during the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference and Trade Show on October 3, in Providence, Rhode Island.
“I’m very thankful to receive this award,” said Haynes. “To be honored by your peers in the industry is a humbling experience.”
The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded by the Public Gaming Research Institute in 2005 as a means of honoring those who have done the most to make the lottery industry the great success that it is today. The recipients of this award are all a credit to the industry and join a select and distinguished group of world lottery professionals. Each year, former inductees nominate and vote on the final recipients.
During his acceptance speech, Haynes thanked Rebecca Paul Hargrove, also a Hall of Fame member, current CEO of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation and former CEO of the lotteries of Georgia, Florida, and Illinois. He also thanked Tom Shaheen, current head of Lottery Operations for Linq3 Technologies, LLC, and former CEO of the lotteries of New Mexico and North Carolina. Haynes’ staff also received recognition for their efforts. “The Nebraska Lottery has the greatest team,” said Haynes. “We have people on the ground making a difference every day. Together, we’re building a better Nebraska.”
Jim Haynes has served as the Director of the Nebraska Department of Revenue Lottery & Charitable Gaming Division since February of 2004. He has been with the Department since 1991, previously serving as an Investigations Supervisor for the Nebraska Lottery and Personnel Manager for the Department. Prior to joining the Department, he was a Lincoln Police Officer for 16 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In addition to his appointment as Lottery Director, Haynes serves as the Director of Charitable Gaming and Acting State Athletic Commissioner. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Multi-State Lottery Association and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $499 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.
More information about the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame can be found at: http://lotteryindustryhalloffame.com/