Carole Hedinger receives Lottery Industry States-person Award at PGRI Lottery Expo Atlanta

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Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Carole Hedinger began her lottery career as deputy director of the New Jersey Lottery in 1994.  She became acting director in 2003, serving for a year before moving to the position of chief clerk at the Ocean County Surrogate Court in 2004.  Ms. Hedinger served in that capacity for the next six years, where she was responsible for overseeing the court’s guardianship and estate accounting efforts, creating and implementing a comprehensive array of tracking systems and audit procedures to ensure the integrity of the court’s operations.  
 Ms. Hedinger was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to lead the New Jersey Lottery in June of 2010.  She brought three decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant to her new role as Executive Director at New Jersey Lottery. Charged with shaping the future of the Lottery, in FY 2016 the New Jersey Lottery topped $3.2 billion (unaudited) in sales, and more than $965 million in net funds contributed to public education and other state institutions which serve the people of New Jersey.
 ​Ms. Hedinger maintains professional memberships with the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants where she served in several leadership positions including a term as President in 2011, only the second woman to serve in that capacity in the Society’s more than 100 year history. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the AICPA Council. She currently serves as the Region 1 Director for NASPL. Ms Hedinger previously served on Gov. Christie’s Sports, Gaming & Entertainment Transition Team and Gov. Whitman’s Education Transition Team. She is the current Chair of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital’s Community Advisory Board, former member of the Georgian Court University Planned Giving Council and the Board of Trustees for Stockton University of New Jersey, chairing the board from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Hedinger has been a featured speaker at a variety of Lottery conferences as well as both legal and accounting organizations.