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Interim lottery director moving on, sort of

Gov. Mitch Daniels might not have a new Hoosier Lottery director in place yet but the interim director already has a new job lined up outside state government.

Megan Ornellas took over the interim lottery job after Kathryn Densborn resigned in mid-October following a mini-scandal over new posh lottery digs.

Ornellas previously worked as chief of staff at the Family and Social Services Administration and sought a ruling from the State Ethics Commission Thursday on whether she could take a new job with a company that has long-contracted with FSSA.

The Consultant Consortium, also known as TCC, currently has a four-year, $5.2 million contract to conduct on-site child care provider eligiblity for legally licensed-exempt providers and out-of-state child care providers.

Ornellas told the commission she has had no involvement with that contract or other matters related to TCC.

The commission approved her post-employment plans, with member James Clevenger even joking that she hasn't had time to enjoy the nice new office space.

Ornellas said she will start at TCC whenever her service at the lottery is finished.

Jane Jankowski, spokesman for Daniels, said it was clear Ornellas would always be an interim director and that a new executive will be named "in a little while yet."

Email Niki Kelly at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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