Arizona lotto director quits amid questions about state car

Arizona lotto director quits amid questions about state car

PHOENIX (AP) – The director of the Arizona State Lottery has resigned after it was revealed that he used a state vehicle for personal use.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s office says Tony Bouie quit Wednesday. Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says Bouie stepped down “in the best interests of the state.”

The resignation follows a Phoenix New Times article this week that outlined how Bouie assigned himself a state vehicle and used the car when he wasn’t working. The story included examples such as Bouie attending a doctor’s appointment and personal lunches in the car while also transporting his children in the vehicle.

Ducey announced Bouie’s appointment in January 2015. Bouie previously was chief operating officer for Parkinson Wellness Recovery. He is also a former NFL player.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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