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Head of Nebraska Lottery Resigns After Inquiry Clears Him

Feb 19, 2004, 7:06 am

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The head of the Nebraska lottery resigned Wednesday, a week after an investigation cleared him of wrongdoing for taking his wife on a trip to Greece that was paid for by a lottery vendor.

"Looking at this from a professional perspective, I determined that it is probably time for me to move on," James Quinn said in a statement.

Quinn and his wife, Kathy, traveled to Greece in September to inspect Intralot USA's operations after the Duluth, Ga., company won a contract to operate the Nebraska lottery's online games.

State law prohibits public officials from accepting gifts of travel or lodging for their spouse while on state business.

A State Patrol investigation released last week concluded that Quinn always intended to repay the $5,000 it cost to send his wife on the trip.

Quinn repaid the money a few weeks ago. He acknowledged he should have done so sooner.

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