Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels last week appointed public finance veteran Jennifer Alvey to the State Lottery Commission.

Alvey is currently the director of cash and debt management at Indiana University Health. Before that she was the state public finance director, overseeing the Indiana Finance Authority, one of the state’s largest bond-issuing agencies.

Alvey joined IU Health in January. She is one of the governor’s two new picks for the board, which includes five appointees. Terms last through June 2013.

The commission oversees lottery operations and provides the state lottery director with “private-sector perspectives on the operation of a large marketing enterprise,” the governor’s office said.

Daniels has said for years he is interested in privatizing the Hoosier Lottery. He shelved a proposal in late 2008 when the U.S. Justice Department ruled that states must maintain a majority ownership of their lotteries. Late last year, however, he raised the idea again, saying that Illinois’ decision to hire a private company to manage and expand that state’s lottery while retaining ownership opened new possibilities for the Indiana lottery.

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