Retired School Official Named To NM Lottery Board

Oct 14, 2013

  A retired school administrator from northeastern New Mexico has been named by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board overseeing the state lottery.

Claude "Pal" Austin of Clayton was appointed to the seven-member New Mexico Lottery Authority.

He is a real estate broker and retired from Clayton Municipal Schools, where he was principal and superintendent.

Austin received his master's and bachelor's degrees in education from West Texas A&M University.

His nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

State law requires at least 30 percent of lottery revenues go to a college scholarship program that covers tuition for New Mexico students.

The lottery generated net ticket sales of nearly $142 million in the last fiscal year, and nearly $44 million of that went for the scholarship program.

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