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Sept. 19, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: AP

Nixon Revamps Missouri Lottery Commission

Governor Jay Nixon has replaced most of the members of the Missouri Lottery Commission while releasing recommendations for the agency to review its policies on prizes, advertising and contracts.

Nixon's announcements Thursday come after the lottery finished the past budget year with record sales yet transferred less money to education than in the previous year. Nixon asked his state budget office to review the lottery's operations. A budget office report notes the Missouri Lottery ranked fourth nationally in the percentage of revenues that it paid out as prizes over the past decade. It recommends the lottery solicit an independent analysis on the right balance between prizes and education transfers.

Nixon appointed four new members to the five-person commission. A lottery spokeswoman said the commission will discuss the recommendations Friday.