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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

Deborah B GoldbergAs 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.

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Beth Bresnahan, Executive Director

Beth Bresnahan 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.

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Massachusetts Lottery State Commissioners

Martin J Benison, Comptroller

Martin J Benison 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.

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Andrea J. Cabral, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety

Andrea J Cabral, Esq. Andrea J. Cabral, Esq. was sworn in by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on January 23, 2013 as the Executive Secretary of Public Safety. From 2002 to 2013, she served as the Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history. Secretary Cabral served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993-2002.

As Chief of District Court and Community Prosecutions, she trained and supervised 48 prosecutors in Suffolk County’s eight district courts and the Boston Municipal Court.

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Tim McMahon, Commissioner

Tim McMahon Timothy McMahon, appointed by Governor Patrick, currently serves as Undersecretary for Administration at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. He brings to the Lottery Commission over ten years of experience in operations as the Chief Operating Officer at the Massachusetts State Lottery and as Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Industrial Accidents.

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Beth I.Z. Boland, Commissioner

Beth Boland Beth I.Z. Boland, appointed by Governor Patrick, is a partner at the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP in its Boston offices. She concentrates her practice on consumer/shareholder class actions, corporate governance and securities issues. Recently named one of Massachusetts’ “most influential attorneys,” she represents clients in SEC and attorney general investigations, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, and fraudulent sales practice class actions and privacy issues in a variety of industries, including financial services, high-tech and manufacturing/retail. Active on many fronts in the legal community, Commissioner Boland currently sits on the board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and previously served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Corporate Governance. In 2010, the Women’s Bar Association presented her with the organization’s highest honor, the Lelia J. Robinson Award, in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the greater community. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Dover with her husband and three children.

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The Lottery Gives Back

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.

Find out how much your town has received.

Performance Management and Innovation Initiative

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.

View Monthly Reports and Letters

View July 1st, 2013 Report to Legislative Leadership (G.L. c. 10, §26A)

Treasurer Grossman’s Online Products Task Force

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

Treasurer Grossman’s Online Products Task Force Final Report

Commission Reports and Meeting Materials

Learn more about how the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission governs.


For information about Lottery-related procurements in process, please click on one of the below links.

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History of the Lottery

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.

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