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Jackpocket hires Carter Vance as general counsel


US lottery messenger service Jackpocket has appointed Carter Vance as its first general counsel. 

Vance joins from Churchill Downs, where he served as vice president and associate general counsel. During almost six years with the operator, he took charge of all legal and regulatory matters related to igaming, sports betting and online horse racing.

In his new role he will report directly to Jackpocket chief executive Peter Sullivan, with responsibility for legal affairs, and work closely with vice president of external affairs Andrew Fries on regulatory issues. 

“It’s clear Jackpocket has been thoughtful about its operations within existing laws and its approach to expansion in each state,” Vance said. 

“I’m grateful to offer my guidance to the company where it is now—in good standing with lotteries, compliant in its technology provisions, and committed to its consumer protections—and excited to work with the leadership team, state lottery commissions and their lawmakers to make lottery play with Jackpocket a win-win for all.”

Jackpocket CEO Sullivan added: “With Carter’s pedigree behind us, we’re even more enthusiastic at the opportunity to build more fruitful relationships with lotteries and their regulators. 

“His background perfectly matches our needs in this stage of rapid growth, and will help guide us as we carve out a path toward efficient regulation and operation of lottery services across the US.”