Long-time Wisconsin Lottery Director Mike Edmonds to step down after 12 years

MADISON— Long-time Wisconsin Lottery director Mike Edmonds plans to step down.

Edmonds' last day will be December 18th after some 12 years on the job.

Lottery spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis confirmed that Edmonds gave notice last month of his plans to leave.

Asked why he chose to quit, Marquis said political appointees can get moved around or replaced. She didn't immediately respond to a request to elaborate.

Edmonds didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

Edmonds was appointed as lottery director in 2003 under the administration of then-Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.

Lottery revenue has grown over the last few years, rising from $481 million in fiscal year 2009-10 to $569 million in fiscal year 2013-14. Since the lottery began in 1988 it has provided $3.7 billion in property tax relief.