Eliot Spitzer

Five minutes with ... Maryland Lottery chief Gordon Medenica

Five minutes with ... Maryland Lottery chief Gordon Medenica

Like other employees in his agency, Maryland lottery director Gordon Medenica isn’t permitted to play state lottery games.

But, in a sense, he is playing the odds.

Medenica’s calculations aren’t about trying to win the Pick 4 or a scratch-off game. Rather, he’s often examining statistics and trends from other states before introducing new games he hopes will be embraced in Maryland.

“The lottery industry is a very cooperative, sharing industry,” said Medenica, who also oversees the state’s six casinos. “We don’t compete directly with one another. There is a huge exchange of information.”

A recent “play” by Medenica turned out to be a winner.

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