About The Lottery

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About the Lottery

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 and re-elected in 2018, 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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Michael Sweeney
Executive Director

Michael R. Sweeney was appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission on November 2, 2015, after having previously been named Interim Executive Director effective July 1 of the same year.


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Massachusetts Lottery State Commissioners

Andrew W. Maylor

Andrew W. MaylorAndrew Maylor was sworn in as the 19th Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in February of 2019.  Prior to being appointed as Comptroller, Maylor worked for more than 25 years in local government, most recently as the Town Manager of North Andover. 

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Thomas A. Turco, III
Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Daniel BennettThomas Turco was appointed Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in December 2018 by Governor Charles Baker.


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Meghan S. Liddy

Meghan S LiddyMeghan S. Liddy, appointed by Governor Baker, is Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at Kelleher & Sadowsky.  With over 20 years of commercial banking experience, Liddy advises clients, underwrites deals and matches them with the best bank or other sources of debt to align capital structure with strategy and maximize ROI.

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Anthony J. Salvidio, II

Martin J Benison 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.

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Contact The Lottery


Main Phone Number
(781) 849-5555

150 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-3573

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The Lottery Gives Back

Each year, the Massachusetts State Lottery returns net profits to the Commonwealth for distribution of essential unrestricted local aid to all 351 cities and towns.

Find out how much your city or town receives

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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's 2012 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's 2012 Online Products Task Force Final Report

Commission Reports and Committees

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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