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Maryland Governor appoints Martin to lead Lottery and Gaming Control Agency


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has appointed John Martin as the new director of the US state’s Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Martin succeeds Gordon Medenica, who announced his retirement in April this year after leading the regulatory organization since 2015.

He takes on his new role having served as managing director and chief revenue officer of the Agency since 2015, overseeing Maryland Lottery’s sales division and its network of 4,400 retail locations.

Prior to this, Martin was an assistant director at the Maryland Lottery, heading up sales, creative services, product development and communications.

Before moving to Maryland in 2009, Martin was deputy director of the office of sales management at the Ohio Lottery, a role in which he oversaw sales operations at 9,000 retailers.

“Maryland is proud to have one of the best lottery and gaming systems in the country, and with sports betting coming online, we are poised for even more record growth,” Hogan said. “John Martin has done an outstanding job in his role overseeing the agency, and we are fortunate to have him as our new director.

“I want to sincerely thank Gordon Medenica for his service to Maryland, particularly for the pivotal role he played in establishing our very successful vaccine lottery.”

In May, Hogan signed a bill authorizing sports betting and fantasy sports into law. The bill allows for four different types of retail licenses, plus a license for mobile betting.