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
Brian Comstock - Seattle
Judy Guenther - Chehalis
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.
Brian L. Comstock - Seattle
Brian L. Comstock graduated from the University of Washington magna cum laude with top honors in political science and election to Phi Beta Kappa. Following a two-year tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, Brian attended Harvard Law obtaining his law degree in 1959. He has practiced law in Seattle continuously since then, becoming a senior partner and managing partner of the law firm of Roberts & Shefelman which merged in 1987 to become Foster Pepper & Shefelman. In 1990, Brian joined Short Cressman & Burgess as a partner and chair of the firm’s business practice group. Retiring as a partner of that firm in 2003, Brian was appointed Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law and also Albers School of Business and Finance. At the law school, he put together a new course and wrote a new textbook entitled Advising Private Companies. Brian has been active in professional organizations and pursuits including the business, securities and tax sections of the American Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association, and he has served as a Trustee of the Seattle-King County Bar Association. He is a member of Seattle Rotary and a Board member of Northwest Center and the South Seattle Community College Foundation.
Brian’s practice has over the years has emphasized business. His areas of extensive experience include corporate law, business planning, assisting with financings and securities compliance, federal, state and local taxation including several appeals to the Washington State Supreme Court, advising businesses in distress and handling workouts, real estate and commercial transactions, and sales and dispositions of businesses.
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.