Based on information from the state’s transparency website, the Arkansas Lottery has spent approximately $12,000 reimbursing employees for mileage expenses in August, and $23,000 total on mileage since July 1.

State employees receive 42 cents for every mile they travel on state business in their personal vehicles; some employees are receiving hundreds of dollars every month in reimbursement for their mileage.

As we’ve written many times, the Arkansas Lottery probably could save a lot of money by having employees travel in official state vehicles instead of paying them to drive their own cars.

Unfortunately, saving money and being fiscally responsible isn’t something the Lottery Office seems interested in doing.

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