Frank Farricker, the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s board chairman and interim CEO, resigned today

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Frank Farricker, the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s board chairman and interim CEO, resigned from both unpaid but influential positions Monday after drawing heavy criticism during a legislative inquiry into lottery officials' handling of the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash lottery game.

Saying that he hopes to help the lottery agency "by ceasing any further distractions," Farricker wrote to the quasi-public agency's general counsel, Matthew Stone, and said he was quitting immediately.

"I am proud to have presided over a period of exceptional growth in lottery revenue since 2011, and as Interim President, I am proud that through our efforts we helped to reinvigorate operations after the turmoil of the previous year. I was happy to volunteer because I care about each and every person inside the Lottery Corporation and what they do every day to help balance our state's budget," Farricker wrote.

A real estate businessman and former Greenwich Democratic Party chairman, Farricker was appointed lottery board chairman by his fellow Fairfield County Democrat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Farricker has been serving as acting president/CEO since September, when Anne Noble stepped down from that $212,000-a-year post and entered a controversial separation agreement that is now paying her $25,000 a month through July.

He sought last year to be paid in the interim position but the Office of State Ethics rejected the idea. More recently, Farricker caused a stir at a May 2 hearing on the 5 Card Cash mess by the legislature's public safety committee when he acknowledged under questioning that he had been interested in applying for Noble's vacant six-figure position.

His interest in the paid CEO job became the subject of a Courant Government Watch column.

Asked further questions last Friday at a second hearing, Farricker revealed that he actually applied for the job in mid-April. But he said he was told a week later by a lottery board member that the state's so-called "revolving-door" ethics provision requires a one-year waiting period before a board member can jump into a paid job at his own agency.

A committee of the lottery's governing board is conducting a national search for a candidate to replace Noble. There's been no announcement about who will serve as interim CEO until Noble's replacement is hired.