Author of North Carolina lottery law now governing chairman

August 17, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former legislative leader who helped write state laws creating what’s now North Carolina Education Lottery has been elevated to chairman of the lottery’s governing panel.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that Tony Rand of Fayetteville is the lottery commission’s new chairman and also is getting a full five-year term on the board. Rand succeeds Courtney Crowder, who remains on the nine-member commission.

The 78-year-old Rand was once one of the state’s most powerful legislators, serving as Senate majority leader and Senate Rules Committee chairman. He played a major role in the General Assembly’s lottery passage in 2005.

Rand joined the commission in August 2017 after Cooper removed commissioner Kim Griffin Jr. following accusations that Griffin made sexually harassing and racially insensitive comments. Griffin said those allegations were false.

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