About the Lottery
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Braintree, MA 02184
The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the 351 cities and towns of the commonwealth.
To provide an operating structure for the Lottery, the Legislature established a five-member commission that includes the state treasurer as chairperson, the secretary of public safety, the state comptroller, and two gubernatorial appointees.
The Commissioners set overall policy for the Lottery that reflects its statutory mission and vision. They advise and make recommendations to the Executive Director of the Lottery regarding its operation and administration.
The Lottery Leadership Team
Deborah B. Goldberg
State Treasurer & Receiver General
As a businesswoman, local official and community leader, Deb Goldberg brings to the State Treasurer’s office innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to ensure economic stability, security and opportunity for every Massachusetts resident.
Elected in 2014, Deb’s focus is to protect taxpayer dollars, bring new levels of transparency to state government and advance policies that break down barriers and create economic empowerment through wage equality, financial literacy and college savings plans to name a few.
Beth Bresnahan was appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery on February 12, 2014, making her the 11th director since the Lottery’s inception in 1971
Beth has played key roles in guiding the marketing and communications strategies at the Lottery for the better part of the past decade. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she served as the Lottery’s Assistant Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Communications, a role in which she helped develop engaging games, promotional programs and outreach strategies that resonated with the Lottery’s players.
Massachusetts Lottery State Commissioners
Thomas Shack III
Thomas Shack III was sworn in as the 18th Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in May of 2015. Commissioner Shack has served the Office of the Comptroller since 2012, most recently as Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial and Operating Officer managing the Commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar per year operating budget.
Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Daniel Bennett was appointed Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January 2015 by Governor Charles Baker. As Public Safety Secretary, he has oversight of a $1.1 billion public safety budget and the secretariat’s 13 agencies, boards and commissions with their 9,500 state employees. Bennett is charged with providing strategic leadership, including policy development which aides in crime prevention, ensuring the safety of all residents and visitors in the Commonwealth. All EOPSS agencies fall within four categories: law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security.
Meghan S. Liddy
Meghan S. Liddy is Vice President of Investment Real Estate at Middlesex Savings Bank. In her current role, she originates and manages relationships with real estate investors/developers across many product types including office, industrial and hospitality projects. Her career includes six years previously with Middlesex Savings Bank, where she led a commercial lending team responsible for new business development and management of a $430 million loan portfolio. She has been a commercial banker for more than 17 years, including positions at Eastern Bank, Banknorth and most recently at Fidelity Bank.
Anthony J. Salvidio, II
Anthony J. Salvidio, II, appointed by Governor Baker, is a Director and chairman of the Commercial Lending Department at the law firm of Fletcher Tilton in its Worcester office. He concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial law. Commissioner Salvidio has extensive experience representing national, regional and local commercial lending institutions in a wide array of secured, unsecured and other debt financing transactions.
Each year, the Massachusetts State Lottery returns money to the cities and towns across the Commonwealth to help aid our communities. The Lottery is the Commonwealth's single largest source of unrestricted local aid.
The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and its Executive Director are committed to accountability and transparent operations at the Lottery. To ensure that the public is regularly informed as to the Lottery's progress, monthly letters filed with the Administration and Legislative Leadership, along with the Executive Director's monthly reports filed with the Commission, may be acessed here. These reports address the Lottery's fiscal performance; marketing and sales plans; reforms in governance, operations, and procurement; and the Commission's oversight of the Lottery's contractual obligations.
In February of 2012, Treasurer Steven Grossman created an advisory task force to help in the assessment of the economic and social implications of online products and play for Massachusetts. Paul Sternburg, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, chaired the Task Force. On December 13, 2012, the Task Force issued its Final Report, with related appendices
Learn more about how the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission governs.
- Mission Statement
- Financial Statements
- Commission Meeting Schedule
- Commission Meeting Minutes
For information about Lottery-related procurements in process, please click on one of the below links.
We offer our employees excellent benefits, flexible positions, and long-term stability.
1971: Legislation to create a state lottery in Massachusetts is enacted to provide a source of local aid revenue for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth.
1972: The Lottery sells its first-ever ticket. “The Game,” a weekly draw game, holds its first drawing on April 6, 1972 at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Seven people win $50,000.
1973: The legislature transfers supervision of Bingo (Beano) from the Department of Public Safety to the State Lottery Commission. This Division later became known as Charitable Gaming.
1974: Massachusetts becomes the first state to sell Instant Tickets as an alternative to the weekly jackpot game.
1976: The Numbers Game is introduced.