LOTTERY DIRECTOR WINS INDUSTRY AWARD OK Lottery Recognized for Marketing Efforts
Oklahoma City (October 7, 2010) – Jay Finks, marketing director for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, was award the Powers Award for Excellence in Marketing during the 2010 North American State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Powers Awards are presented in recognition of lottery and vendor employees who have made significant contributions to their lotteries by virtue of exceptional job performance.
Finks has been employed with the Oklahoma Lottery since its launch in 2005. He began his career at the Lottery as the advertising manager and was later promoted to marketing director in 2007.
“Jay was nominated for the Powers Award because his consistent, dedicated performance over the past five years of the Oklahoma Education Lottery’s existence has lead to projected current year sales increases of 15 percent for Scratchers and five percent overall,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.
These awards are named in honor of the late Edward J. Powers, the “Father of U.S. Lotteries.” Powers spent more that 25 years in the lottery industry, helping to set the standards that have become a trademark for today’s lotteries. He proved to government officials, the media and the public that a lottery can be operated successfully with integrity.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $357 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to common education, career and technical education and to the higher education capital bond issue through the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF. Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.