The Virginia Lottery has a long legacy of visionary leadership which continues with our current Interim Director, Tony R. Russell, and the Virginia Lottery Board, consisting of Virginia Citizens and residents appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. Together they ensure that integrity innovation and fun are at the heart of every choice, every game, and every player experience relating to the Virginia Lottery.
Meet the Lottery’s Interim Director
Tony R. Russell was appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin as Virginia Lottery Interim Director in September 2023. Mr. Russell, who has been with the Lottery since 2013, most recently served as a member of the agency’s leadership team in the role of Deputy Executive Director of ITS and Operations. Prior to joining the Lottery, he served in senior leadership positions at Kroger Corporation and FedEx Corporation.
Meet the board
The Virginia Lottery Board consists of citizens and residents of the Commonwealth. Board members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. And like all Virginia Lottery enthusiasts, the board members strive to keep the Lottery at the top of its game!
Ferhan Hamid, Chairman - Ferhan Hamid of Vienna is the President & CEO of Hamid Capital Partners. Mr. Hamid was appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2016, reappointed by Governor McAuliffe, and reappointed by Governor Northam for a term ending in 2027.
Cynthia D. Lawrence, Vice Chairman- Cynthia D. Lawrence of Roanoke is a special projects consultant in education and workforce development for Carilion Clinic. Ms. Lawrence was appointed by Governor Kaine in 2006, reappointed by Governor Kaine in 2010, reappointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2015, and reappointed by Governor Northam for a term ending in 2025.
Jonathan Comer Jonathan Comer of Shenandoah is the Senior Vice-President of First Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Comer was appointed by Governor Youngkin for a term ending in 2028.
Orrin K. Gallop- Orrin K. Gallop of Hampton, retired Deputy Chief of Police of the Hampton Police Division, was appointed by Governor Northam for a term ending in 2025.
Scott A. Price- Scott A. Price of Alexandria is Regional Policy Director for Dominion Energy. Mr. Price was appointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2016 and reappointed by Governor Northam for a term ending in 2026.
Adam L. Tolbert, Ph.D.- Adam L. Tolbert, Ph.D. of Saltville is the Senior Director of Administration for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Dr. Tolbert was appointed by Governor Youngkin in 2023 and reappointed by Governor Youngkin for a term ending in 2029.
Sherry L. Williams - Sherry L. Williams of Henrico is the Chief Risk Officer of Atlantic Union Bank. Ms. Williams was appointed by Governor Youngkin for a term ending in 2029.
The Virginia Lottery Board's powers are set forth in statute at Virginia Code § 58.1-4007. Among other powers, the Board is authorized to adopt regulations governing the establishment and operation of a lottery, including: lottery ticket prices, numbers and sizes of prizes, prize payment, frequency of drawings, and licensing of and compensation for sales agents. The board also hears appeals on the denial, suspension or revocation of retailers' licenses.
The Virginia Lottery Board holds regular public meetings. The meeting schedule is subject to change, based on board members' schedules and business to be conducted. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and are held at Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, 12th floor, Richmond, VA
- Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/br3mFoZ9ZCY
- Wednesday, May 1, 2024
- Wednesday, August 7, 2024
- Wednesday, October 23, 2024
- Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xrlcguGMrvA
- Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/gs8kdtkeV4c
- Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/i0BmP8FwM8I
- Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - A recording of the meeting can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/rYRFpyYdBPU