John Myers appointed Director of the West Virginia Lottery

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One day after lawmakers asked tough questions about leadership at Lottery, Gov. Jim Justice has named John Myers as director of the agency.

He replaces Alan Larrick, who resigned Sept. 1, right as sports betting was making its debut at West Virginia casinos. Doug Buffington, deputy secretary for the West Virginia Secretary of Revenue, served as the interim director.

Myers has been serving as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration, but he has a long work history with Lottery.

He worked at the West Virginia Lottery from 2008 to 2017 and was acting director from 2015-2017. Before working at the agency, Myers was the manager of corporate administration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, West Virginia.

Myers returns to Lottery amid tumult.

Lawmakers on Monday questioned Buffington, Lottery’s interim director, about the leadership of the agency, what’s the status of the general counsel and if he understands lawmakers had no intention of imposing a financial arrangement between leagues and casinos.