Awards Ceremony 4:00 pm. Tuesday March 21 Honoring Carole Hedinger and William Jourdain with Lifetime Achievement Award and the ND Lottery with Sharp Award at PGRI SMART-Tech in New York

Awards Ceremony 4:00 pm. Tuesday March 21 at PGRI SMART-Tech in New York:

Major Peter J. O’Connell PGRI Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Bill Jourdain, Deputy Executive Director of Finance, Administration, and Security, North Carolina Education Lottery

Sharon Sharp Good Causes Award goes to North Dakota Lottery for producing a 54% increase in Net Funds contributed to its beneficiary in FY 2016 over FY2015.

Major Peter J. O’Connell PGRI Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award honors Carole Hedinger and William T. (Bill) Jourdain

Carole Hedinger, 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.

William T. (Bill) Jourdain, Deputy Executive Director of Finance, Administration, and Security, North Carolina Education Lottery

Bill Jourdain began his lottery career almost forty years ago.   Hired by the New Jersey Lottery as a staff accountant in 1977, he moved from auditing retailer weekly settlements to becoming a member of the finance team that converted the New Jersey Lottery’s manual bookkeeping records to a computerized accounting system, and served on the team that integrated instant game inventory, validation, and accounting into the on-line gaming system.  He was a member of the 1983 implementation team for the gaming system conversion and served on the 1993 & 2007 gaming system procurement teams. Bill progressed to become the Controller for the New Jersey Lottery in 2000, and in 2002, he was appointed Deputy Executive Director for the organization.  Over the next seven years, Bill served as Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery during transition periods within state government, bridging the gubernatorial appointment gaps between Executive Directors.  Bill served in this capacity until November 2009 when he was hired by Tom Shaheen to become the North Carolina Education Lottery’s (NCEL) Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration.  Bill would also add the Security Department to his overall responsibilities in 2010.

Over the past 7 years Bill has overseen the conversion of the NCEL Lottery’s Payroll and Budget and Accounting systems from legacy state systems to ADP and Microsoft AX respectively.  Bill also served on the Gaming System and Support Services procurement team for the contract recently awarded in January 2016.  Bill is also an active member in the implementation for both the Gaming System and Instant Ticket Production and Distribution conversion projects.

Bill is responsible for the management oversight of 72 lottery employees.  The Departments under Bill are responsible for Financial Reporting, Collection, Payroll, Purchasing, Prize Award Payment, Retailer contracts, and the security and integrity of all lottery drawings and operations. Bill’s administration department also oversees the management of the North Carolina Education Lottery’s six operating facilities throughout North Carolina.

Bill has been married to his wife Noreen for 33 years, and they have 2 sons, Kevin and Patrick.  Bill and his family now spend their time between Raleigh and Leland North Carolina, enjoying the beaches and the many golf courses that are available in the State of North Carolina.

Even though Bill and his family now call North Carolina home, they remain avid New York sports fans, especially the Yankees and Giants.

Sharon Sharp Good Causes Award

Honoring the North Dakota Lottery for producing the

Sharpest percentage increase in net funds contributed to its beneficiary:

54% Increase in Net funding to Good Causes in Fiscal Year 2016 over FY 2015.

Presented at the PGRI Smart-Tech Conference, New York, March 21, 2017

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North Dakota Lottery

Randy Miller, Executive Director

Government Lotteries have a special mission, quite unique really. Lotteries operate in a world of business and competition, but their mission is to create funding for good causes. And what a wonderful and special mission that is … Generating over $80 Billion Net (over $250 billion in revenue) world-wide for Good Causes that serve the interests of the general public. Whether it is for education, amateur sports, health, care for the elderly, or even the general fund that is the source of all government services, the recipients of the funds generated by lottery are truly worthy causes.

The Sharon Sharp Award recognizes and honors the lottery which achieved the highest percentage increase in net funds contributed to its beneficiary. Ultimately, this is what we’re all in this business to accomplish … maximizing the funds contributed to lottery beneficiaries.  This award is named in honor of a person who is no longer with us but who has done as much as anyone to help this industry to be the best that it can be.  Sharon Sharp embraced the true mission of lottery with an enthusiasm that always reminded everyone of just how privileged we are to be a part of this industry. Sharon’s focus on the Good Causes that depend upon lottery performance inspired Rebecca Hargrove and Sharon’s many friends and colleagues in the industry to name this award after her, to honor Sharon’s memory and keep alive a legacy that will hopefully inspire future generations to appreciate the importance of our calling and to never lose sight of its purpose.  Congratulations to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation for a fabulous performance, and for your service to Good Causes!




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