Minnesota Lottery Director Resigns after Expense Questioned

The Minnesota State Lottery Director resigned following questions surrounding his expenses. 

Ed Van Petten resigned Friday. 

His abrupt exit follows a Star Tribune report showing Van Petten was reimbursed for more than $7,000 after he and his staff stayed at his personal timeshare units during conferences in three cities. 

Van Petten says the arrangement saved the public money, but admitted that it may have violated state policies governing employee expenses. 

He says he offered to resign to save Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration the potential embarrassment. 

Governor Mark Dayton accepted the resignation. 

Dayton said Van Petten’s resignation was warranted given questions about his expenses. 

He says he would asked Van Petten to leave had he not offered to resign. 

Dayton defended the agency’s overall performance, but said he would welcome a larger probe into state lottery expenditures.

The state will search for a replacement immediately. 

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