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Garry Grief
Garry Grief

Biography:

Grief was appointed executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission in March 2010.
An original member of the lottery task force assigned to research and launch the Texas Lottery®, Grief has been an integral part of the agency since its inception in May of 1992.
He served as the statewide manager of claim centers until 1999 when he became the director of lottery operations.
He became deputy executive director in 2003 and served temporarily as acting executive director in 2002 and 2005.

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Texas Lottery’s Executive Director Named MUSL President
AUSTIN, Texas (June 15, 2016) – The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery.
"I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected president of MUSL," said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. "Gary’s rich industry knowledge and successful track record in leading the Texas Lottery will serve him well in this important industry leadership role.”
Formed in 1987, the Multi-State Lottery Association is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member lottery offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL, including Powerball. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by the legislatures authorizing each lottery. Since the first Powerball drawing was held in 1992, it has become the number one lottery game in the United States.
Grief was appointed executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission in March 2010. Under Grief’s leadership, the Texas Lottery has experienced record sales and revenue, contributing more than $19 billion to the state’s Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.
Grief has been an integral part of the success of the Texas Lottery Commission since its inception. He was appointed in 1991, by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, to the original eight-member Lottery Task Force assigned to research and launch the Texas Lottery. In 2002, Grief was appointed by the Commission to serve the first of what would be three separate terms as acting executive director. Between and after these appointments, Grief served as deputy executive director until his official appointment as executive director in 2010.
Grief is the immediate past chair of the Powerball game, past Lead Director for the Mega Millions multi-state game consortium and past president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). In 2012, he was honored with the PGRI Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2014 he was inducted to Public Gaming Research Institute’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.
A native Texan, Grief is a graduate of the University of Texas at the Permian Basin where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

 

TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED NASPL PRESIDENT
(October 9, 2013) – The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president,” said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. “His experience, integrity and dedication to our industry will be an asset to our organization and I look forward to working with him.”
Founded in 1971, NASPL has evolved from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, to an organization that has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations. Although the Association's membership and services have grown tremendously over the years, its basic mission remains the same as when it was founded more than 40 years ago -- to assemble and disseminate information and benefits of state and provincial lottery organizations through education and communications.
"I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected president of NASPL," said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. "Gary’s many industry recognitions confirm what we know about him in Texas—his knowledge, experience and leadership are unparalleled and he is an integral part of the continued success of the Texas Lottery."


 
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