Lynn Turner has no illusions about the main factor responsible for his appointment to his old City Council seat.

It was just pure, unadulterated, old-fashioned luck.Turner was appointed as the new council member representing District 2 during a special council meeting Monday night.

But the "selection" really was made by lady luck when Turner's name was drawn out of a large magenta-colored bowl - the Murray version of "drawing lots."

The drawing became necessary when the council was unable to reach a clear three-vote majority on selecting either Turner, who previously served two council terms, or Bob Carter, a computer systems manager.

Council members Leon Robertson and Wendell Coombs voted for Turner and Richard Stauffer threw his support behind Carter, while John Rush abstained.

That automatically left the decision of selecting a new councilman squarely in the hands of the only mechanism outlined in state law for dealing with such municipal impasses: Chance.

Each of the candidate's names were written on four slips. Those were placed in the bowl, and a Murray police officer was asked to draw out a name.

The rest is an unusual piece of council history and, by the size of Turner's grin, you'd have thought he just hit three big 7s on the dollar slots in Mesquite.

"I've won a television before," he said. "And a couple of elections. But I've never gotten anything that I thought was so important by the luck of the draw."

Ironically, Turner replaces Councilman John Ward, who defeated him in a write-in vote last November. Ward stepped down last month after only eight months in office, citing serious personal problems.

The new appointee will have to stand for election in November 1999 if he wants to remain on the council, however, and it's a good bet Turner will face Carter again in the next election runoff.

Turner, a retired police sergeant who worked for the city for 30 years, took the oath of office immediately after the drawing Monday night and assumed his place on the council dais.

The council also selected the leadership for the city's Budget and Finance Committee.

Stauffer, who was appointed to the council just six weeks ago, was elected chairman of the committee by acclamation while Turner was named co-chairman.

The two appointments mean that four council seats will be up for grabs when Murray voters go to the polls a year from November.