The director of the South Carolina Education Lottery said Wednesday she will retire from her job at the end of next month.
Paula Harper Bethea released a statement saying she only planned to work for about five more years when named as the lottery’s director seven years ago.
The Bluffton native has actually been with the state lottery since it began in 2001, with the lottery’s oversight board appointing her as secretary that year.
Legal Services Director Hogan Brown will serve as interim director after October 21 until the lottery names a permanent replacement.
Bethea had become the face of the South Carolina Education Lottery, appearing in dozens of television and radio advertisements (including ads that have appeared on SC Radio Network). In many of those ads, she urged gambling addicts to call the state’s hotline for help.