A new audit says pay has increased dramatically for top officials at the Iowa Lottery since the state changed the agency's status in 2005 so it operates more like a business.
The report, released Monday by state Auditor David Vaudt, notes that lottery revenue has increased, but it finds that other states have seen similar increases and that the revenue wasn't due to the lottery's changed status.
The audit notes that the lottery chief executive officer and eight top officials are paid nearly $1 million more than they could have if the lottery were still classified as a state agency.
The audit calls on lawmakers to review key lottery positions to see if they are needed and to compare lottery pay of key officials at other agencies.
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