A five-member independent Lottery Commission serves as the administrative rulemaking authority for Washington's Lottery. The Commission, whose powers are to establish and approve sound operating practices for the agency, maintains public supervision to ensure Washington state citizens' interests are served. Commission members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate to serve a six-year term.
As representatives of the various geographic regions of the state, Commission members attend meetings (agendas and minutes) every other month during the year. Commission members also stay in close contact with the Lottery Director to fully participate in major Lottery issues. The members of the Lottery Commission are not Lottery employees and maintain full-time jobs independent of Washington's Lottery.
Washington's Lottery is a state agency with approximately 150 employees involved in financial, operational, sales and marketing, legal, security, and other key day-to-day functions. Director Bill Hanson, who was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2010, leads the Lottery.
Bill Hanson has 31 years of law enforcement experience; serving as president and vice president of the Washington State troopers association; detective with the narcotics division and a trooper assigned to Seattle, Everett and Olympia. Hanson is also a U.S. Coastguard combat veteran having served in Vietnam. Hanson served as executive director of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. He was appointed to the Lottery Commission on June 6, 2005 and named Lottery Director by the Governor five years later.
Valoria Loveland - Tri-Cities
Ms. Loveland has spent a lifetime in public service. She was appointed to serve on the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission and served as Chair in 1981. Over the course of a 25 year career serving the citizens of Washington State, Ms. Loveland as served on the Tri-Cities Diversification Board and Nuclear Waste Advisory Council.
She was elected as President of Washington State County Treasurer's Association and served as President of Washington State County Officials. She also served as Director on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers and was elected Washington State Senator in 1992; serving until 2000.
She was appointed Director of Washington State Department of Agriculture by former Governor Gary Locke and served the agency from 2002 to 2008. She currently serves as a member of the advisory council to Washington State University-Tri-Cities, a Board member of Tri-Cities Economic Development Council and Board member TVW, the state’s public affairs television network. Valoria Loveland appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington Lottery Commisson in 2009.
Peter Bogdanoff - Seattle
Peter Bogdanoff was an executive policy advisor to Governor Chris Gregoire from 2005 to 2013. He specialized in labor issues, including workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, collective bargaining, worker safety and workforce development. Before joining the Gregoire Administration, Mr. Bogdanoff was active in the Washington Education Association in a number of roles. He served as President of the Bellevue Education Association for four terms, and was elected to the WEA Board of Directors, and the WEA Executive Committee. He began his career as high school teacher in the Bellevue School District where he taught social studies, speech and debate, and Russian language. Later, he served as social studies coordinator and curriculum developer for the District.
Mr. Bogdanoff is married and lives in Seattle. He enjoys travel, hiking, and gardening.
Fred Finn - Olympia
After college at Johns Hopkins, 3 years in the Army and law school at Fordham, Mr. Finn worked at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington DC and then in the private sector in New York City. He then returned to Washington, DC, and became a partner at the communications law firm of Brown, Finn and Neitert and President of the Home Satellite Television Industry Association where he testified before committees of the United States House and Senate on communications issues.
Mr. Finn moved to Olympia, Washington in 1988 to build a radio station and has been involved in retail and multi-family management and development for the past 25 years. He served three terms on the Griffin School Board and two in the Washington State Legislature. He is a founding Board member of the Washington Business Bank, the Griffin School Foundation and the Thurston County Boys and Girls Club. He also served as President of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has been married to his wife Bonnie for thirty five years and has three children and two grandchildren all of whom live in the Olympia area.
Judy Guenther - Chehalis
Judy was born and raised in Washington and has lived most of her life in Lewis County. She currently resides in Chehalis with her husband Bob and they have two adult children and 5 grandchildren.
She was appointed to the Centralia Community College Board of Trustees in 1995 and served until 2011. She was active at state and the national level from president of the state trustee association to the boards of ACCT. She has been active in the United Way of Lewis County since 1994. She is also involved in Crime Stoppers of Lewis County since 1995 and served as the chair for the past 10 years.
She believes that if you want change you have to be involved. All any of us want to do is know we helped make a difference.
Laura Flores Cantrell, J.D. - Seattle
Laura Flores Cantrell is a Senior Program Officer for the Washington Dental Service Foundation in Seattle where she manages Latino children's oral health initiatives for the Foundation. She was previously the Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund of Washington, a statewide philanthropic organization that supports Latino-serving nonprofit agencies through policy analysis, training and grant funding.
Ms. Cantrell has worked in advocacy and policy for over 20 years. Her professional experience has focused on improving the well-being of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, communities of color and at-risk children. As Deputy Director at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, an association of safety-net clinics in the Pacific Northwest, she led efforts to reduce health disparities and improve access to care among farmworkers, homeless and other underserved populations.
Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she served as Assistant General Counsel for a privately held company in Bellevue, WA. She currently serves on the national board of directors for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Latino civil rights organization that promotes social change in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
Laura Flores Cantrell was appointed to the Washington Lottery Commission by Governor Jay Inslee in July 2014.