Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  62 / 76 Next Page
Show Menu
Previous Page 62 / 76 Next Page
Page Background


Major Peter J. O’Connell

Lottery Industry

Lifetime Achievement Award





… Continued from page 14

States. Several times during her lottery tenure,

Tracey has achieved national industry recognition

from NASPL (North American Association of

State and Provincial Lotteries) for successful and

innovative lottery product launches. Other noted

accomplishments include La Fleur’s Women in

Leadership Award (2013); and OCFO (Office of

the Chief Financial Officer) Distinguished Service

Award (2012).

season. This expansion was ex-

tremely successful with sales up

42% the first year. In January

2013 the Lottery began Keno at

select retail locations throughout

the state. Keno has proved very

popular and interest in the game

continues to grow.

In October of 2013 Kirk over-

saw the launch of the first in the

nation casino style iGaming

platform, including peer to peer

poker. Then, in February 2014,

the Lottery made history again

when the Governors of Dela-

ware and Nevada signed the

first of its kind Multi-State In-

ternet Gaming Agreement. This

Agreement allowed for “shared

liquidity” of poker players from

Delaware and Nevada (poker

players from both states sitting

at the same virtual table). The

next advancement, a mobile ap-

plication for casino iGaming,

was introduced in May 2015.

In about the same time frame,

limited video lottery at fraternal

organizations was authorized

and placed under the adminis-

trative and regulatory control of

the Lottery.

And, traditional lottery prod-

ucts were not overlooked when it

came to firsts. In early 2016 the

Lottery introduced its first $25

price-point instant game, Quar-

ter Million Large. This game be-

came the first instant game that

the Lottery ever re-ordered and

was a major contributor to the

Lottery’s record FY2016 tradi-

tional sales, which were up 17%

over FY2015.

The Delaware Lottery now

oversees more public gaming

products than any other lottery

in the country, including tradi-

tional lottery products; video

lottery at the racinos; sports bet-

ting statewide; table games at the

racinos; Keno statewide; Las Ve-

gas style iGaming; and, limited

video lottery statewide.

Kirk currently serves as Chair

of the Video Lottery Game

Group, a multijurisdictional,

progressive video lottery net-

work administered under the

auspices of the Multi-State Lot-

tery Association (MUSL). Mem-

ber states include DE, WV, RI,

OH, and MD. He is also the

Chair of Delaware’s Advisory

Council on Charitable Gaming

and Planning. Kirk has a degree

in Political Science/Public Ad-

ministration from the University

of Delaware.


$965 million in net funds contributed to public

education and other state institutions which serve

the people of New Jersey.

Ms. Hedinger maintains professional member-

ships with the New Jersey Society of Certified

Public Accountants where she served in several

leadership positions including a term as President

in 2011, only the second woman to serve in that

capacity in the Society’s more than 100 year his-

tory. She is a member of the American Institute

of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the

AICPA Council. She currently serves as the Region

1 Director for NASPL. Ms Hedinger previously

served on Gov. Christie’s Sports, Gaming & En-

tertainment Transition Team and Gov. Whitman’s

Education Transition Team. She is the current

Chair of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospi-

tal’s Community Advisory Board, former member

of the Georgian Court University Planned Giving

Council and the Board of Trustees for Stockton

University of New Jersey, chairing the board from

1997 to 1999. Ms. Hedinger has been a featured

speaker at a variety of Lottery conferences as well as

both legal and accounting organizations.