Bensberg picked for lottery board


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Former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg has been appointed to the Colorado Lottery Commission as a Republican member. His term expires July 1, 2018.

The commission governs the operation of the lottery and conducts hearings on granting or suspending licenses for lottery sales. Here's more on the panel's duties, taken from the Colorado Lottery website:

The Colorado Lottery Commission plays an important role in the oversight and governance of the Colorado Lottery and in fulfilling their fiduciary duties with regards to all Lottery games operated by the Lottery. Its mission is to ensure that all games marketed by the Colorado Lottery are done with security and protection of the integrity of the games and organization of the Colorado Lottery; and, to ensure that all Colorado Lottery games are representative of the values of the State of Colorado and its citizens.

The Commission is composed of five members who are appointed by the Governor with the consent and approval of the Colorado Senate. At least one member of the Commission must have been a law enforcement officer for at least five years; one member must have been a Colorado practicing attorney for at least five years; and at least one member must be a certified public accountant who practiced accountancy in Colorado for at least five years.
Bensberg says he didn't seek the appointment, but is eager to serve on the five-member board.  His first meeting is Wednesday. And no, he won't be cashing in any million-dollar tickets. Commission members are barred from playing lottery games.

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