Mississippi Lottery Corporation hires veteran lottery director as inaugural president

Updated: May. 8, 2019 at 12:28 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it has hired Thomas N. Shaheen to serve as the first president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

A graduate of Wayne State University, Shaheen most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Linq3, a lottery technology company.

From 2005 until 2010, he served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery, guiding the lottery through its start-up phase and through multiple years of steady growth.

“Tom brings a wealth of industry expertise and experience running both established and start-up lotteries,” said MLC Chairman Mike McGrevey.

“His history in the leadership of lotteries will help Mississippi establish our lottery quickly and successfully,” added MLC Vice-Chairman Gerard Gibert.

Before starting up the North Carolina lottery, Shaheen served as Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Lottery, where he helped increase sales and lottery profits dramatically. He also served as an executive during the startup of the Georgia Lottery Corporation and worked for both the Texas and Florida lotteries during their start ups.

Shaheen is a recognized leader in the lottery field, having served as president of the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. He previously served as president of the Multi-State Lottery Association, the organization that runs Powerball. He received the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and was inducted into the PGRI Lottery Hall of Fame in 2015.

As president, he will make a base salary of $225,000 and be eligible for performance incentives.

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