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Michigan’s lottery commissioner resigning after year on job

Young Americans are showing less interest in buying lotto tickets than their parents.

Aric Nesbitt. (Photo: Aric Nesbitt)

LANSING — The governor’s office says Michigan’s lottery commissioner is resigning after just over a year on the job.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he’s accepted the resignation of Aric Nesbitt and appointed Chief Deputy Commissioner Brian O. Neill as his successor. A statement from Snyder’s office says Nesbitt is exploring “other options for public service.”

Brian O. Neill (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

Nesbitt, a Republican, served three terms in the state House before leaving office under term limits. Nesbitt says that serving in the post has been “an honor.” Nesbitt’s resignation takes effect on Saturday and Neill’s appointment begins on Sunday.

Neill joined the Michigan Lottery in 2013 after serving as an assistant Michigan attorney general for nine years.

The lottery generated nearly $924.1 million for schools last year.

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Michigan Lottery

The Michigan Bureau of State Lottery promulgates rules governing lottery games, and oversees the issuing of the lottery, bingo and charitable gaming licenses. It has existed since the lottery began in Michigan in 1972, and is currently led by Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen. The Michigan Lottery is one of the most successful lotteries in the country. The Lottery reported annual sales of $2.34 billion in fiscal year 2011, and generated $727.3 million in net revenue for the state School Aid Fund, which supports public education programs. In 2003, under Commissioner Peters, the Lottery introduced Club Keno and Pull Tabs games to be played at Michigan Class C bars and restaurants.

Michigan Lottery Bureau

  • Commissioner
  • Chief Deputy Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner of Operations
  • Deputy Commissioner of Charitable Gaming
  • Deputy Commissioner of Administration
  • Deputy Commissioner of Marketing
  • Deptuty Commissioner of Sales
  • M. Scott Bowen
  • Thomas Petersen
  • Connie Roblee
  • Kathie Oviedo
  • Katherine C. Clinton
  • Thomas Weber
  • Terry Bunting

Contact Information:

Office Address:
Bureau of State Lottery
101 East Hillsdale Street
P.O. Box 30023
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Phone: 517.335.5600
Fax: 517.335.5644
Email: [email protected]

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