Since the Arkansas Lottery has ties to our state government–and the lottery commission’s website doesn’t have the contact information of its members listed–a member of my staff has obtained a document of this information.
Ernie Passailaigue, Arkansas’ new $324,000-a-year lottery director, will earn more than any of our state college presidents or chancellors, except the chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In fact, Passailaigue’s two $225,000-a-year lottery vice-presidents will get paid more than most of our state college presidents or chancellors.
To further put things into perspective, the median income for a family of 4 in Arkansas is $52,217 per year. In other words, we’re going to pay our lottery director more than our college presidents and six times more than most Arkansas families earn every year.