LITTLE ROCK — The state Lottery Commission on Wednesday approved a work schedule for lottery employees in response to a recent state audit that noted Lottery Director Bishop Woosley had no work schedule in the past fiscal year.

LITTLE ROCK — The state Lottery Commission on Wednesday approved a work schedule for lottery employees in response to a recent state audit that noted Lottery Director Bishop Woosley had no work schedule in the past fiscal year.


Lottery spokesman Patrick Ralston said the commission approved a policy stating that the lottery’s work week will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 30-minute break allowed for lunch.


The policy states that the lottery director and the internal auditor, who answer to the commission, are expected to work regular hours, with any variation from the regular workday schedule to be approved in advance, if possible, by the Lottery Commission chairman and reported by email that day to all commissioners.


Also Wednesday, the commission decided to seek an attorney general’s opinion on whether lottery employees can receive travel reimbursements of 56 cents per mile, the standard rate that federal employees receive.


The commission voted in January 2014 to raise the reimbursement rate from 42 cents — the rate employees of state agencies receive — to 56 cents, but state auditors questioned whether the commission had the authority to do so.


The commission voted Wednesday to lower the rate to 42 cents while it waits for an opinion from the attorney general.