The President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced structural changes in public entities, including the national lottery. As a result Margarita González Saravia, from the Secretary of Tourism and Culture of the state of Morelos, will be in charge of the Lotería Nacional.
Moreover, González Saravia will become the new head of INDEP, replacing Ernesto Prieto Ortega. The restructuring comes after the resignation of Jaime Cárdenas Gracia as the leader of INDEP just three months after being named as head of the institute.
“I’m very grateful to the President, who confidently invites me to work with him and carry out an important task for a cherished institution like the national lottery,” stated the new director to La Unión.
“It’s a great challenge, but it’s about helping the President and Mexico and make this entity work.”
González Saravia assured that the goal will be to lead the Lotería with transparency and honesty, whilst distributing the resources to assist the public. While she resigned as the Secretary of Tourism this week, she’s expected to start her new position on October 1.
The new director has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism sector, as well as in the hospitality and cultural industry, both public and private.
At the beginning of September, the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) removed Luis Calvo Reyes, the former director of the gambling regulator, as he was replaced by Alma Itzel De Lira Castillo. Although SEGOB argues that Reyes submitted his resignation ‘for personal reasons’, local media reported that he was removed and that he will be investigated.