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, Executive Director
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
Martin J Benison, Comptroller
Martin J. Benison has served as Comptroller of the Commonwealth since 1999. He is chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, First Vice President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and Past President of the National Association of State Comptrollers.
Daniel Bennett, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety
Governor’s Appointees (TBA, awaiting appointment)
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.