[George Deukmejian] selected the length of commissioners' terms by pulling names out of a large tan cowboy hat in what he called his "first lottery." [Laverta S. Montgomery] and [William J. Johnston] will serve five years each; [John M. Price], four years; [Kennard W. Webster], three years, and [Howard E. Varner], two years.
Deukmejian said appointment of commissioners was delayed while authorities conducted thorough criminal background checks on candidates. The Republican governor, who opposed the lottery initiative, could suffer political embarrassment if his appointees become controversial.
PHOTO: Chosen today by Gov. Deukmejian as the state's lottery commissioners, from left: Howard Varner, William Johnston, Laverta Montgomery, Kennard Webster and John Price.