On March 22, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder announced that he has accepted the resignation of Aric Nesbitt as Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery. Nesbitt is stepping down as Lottery Commissioner to explore other options for public service.  Brian O. Neill, the Lottery’s Chief Deputy Commissioner, has been appointed to the post.

“I thank Aric for his leadership at the Lottery and for his long-standing commitment to serving the people of Michigan. Under his management, the Lottery provided a record $924.1 million to the School Aid Fund last year to help support public education in our state,” Snyder said.

The Lottery Commissioner is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Lottery, including the development of long-range plans, formulation of policy, and assuring the accountability and integrity of the Lottery. The Commissioner also establishes and maintains contact with state legislators to research, evaluate, and gauge the impact of Lottery-related legislation.

Brian O. Neill joined the Lottery in 2013 where he served as the Lottery’s Deputy Commissioner for Compliance and Legal Affairs and interim Chief Financial Officer. Since 2016, Neill has served as the Lottery’s Chief Deputy Commissioner. In that position, he has been responsible for managing the ongoing operations and administration of the Lottery.

Nesbitt’s resignation takes effect on Saturday and Neill’s appointment begins on Sunday. Neill will serve at the pleasure of the Governor. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


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