Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica will serve as the new Mega Millions lead director

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December 6, 2017                                                                                        


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Maryland Lottery Director to Lead Mega Millions Consortium

Medenica to head group of state lotteries that operates national jackpot game 

(Baltimore) – The member lotteries of the Mega Millions consortium today announced that Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica will serve as the new Mega Millions lead director.

In this role, Medenica will lead the 11-member group in the oversight of the Mega Millions game, from drawings and accounting procedures to public relations and promotions. Medenica succeeds Debbie Alford, who recently retired as President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. Medenica has led Maryland Lottery and Gaming since 2015, and previously was head of the New York Lottery and President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

Mega Millions is operated as a consortium of member lotteries which share responsibility for all aspects of the game. Drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m. Eastern Time in Atlanta. Tickets for Mega Millions are sold in 46 states and jurisdictions. 

“The Mega Millions consortium is a great example of state lotteries working together collaboratively, and I’m happy to make a contribution to the group,” Medenica said. “We’re all proud to offer a popular game that millions of people across the country enjoy playing every day.”

About Mega Millions: Mega Millions began in September 1996 as the Big Game with six states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia. In May 2002, the game’s name was changed to Mega Millions, and six more states joined between 2002 and 2005. In 2010, 23 additional states joined the game as part of a cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball. In 2012, Mega Millions made history with a $656 million jackpot that was, at the time, the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Three winning tickets were sold, with winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland sharing the prize.

About the Maryland Lottery: Since its inception in 1973, Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded more than $24 billion in prizes to Lottery players and more than $15 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget. For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit or call 1-800-GAMBLER.