Grief was appointed executive director of the Texas
Lottery Commission in March 2010.
An original member of the lottery task
force assigned to research and launch the Texas Lottery®, Grief has been an
integral part of the agency since its inception in May of 1992.
as the statewide manager of claim centers until 1999 when he became the
director of lottery operations.
He became deputy executive director in 2003
and served temporarily as acting executive director in 2002 and 2005.
Lotterys Executive Director Named MUSL President
Texas (June 15, 2016) The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has
elected Gary Grief as president of the organization. Grief is the executive
director of the Texas Lottery.
"I want to congratulate Gary Grief on
being elected president of MUSL," said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the
Texas Lottery Commission. "Garys rich industry knowledge and
successful track record in leading the Texas Lottery will serve him well in
this important industry leadership role.
Formed in 1987, the
Multi-State Lottery Association is a non-profit, government-benefit association
owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member lottery offers one
or more of the games administered by MUSL, including Powerball. All profits are
retained by the individual lotteries and are used to fund projects approved by
the legislatures authorizing each lottery. Since the first Powerball drawing
was held in 1992, it has become the number one lottery game in the United
Grief was appointed executive director of the Texas Lottery
Commission in March 2010. Under Griefs leadership, the Texas Lottery has
experienced record sales and revenue, contributing more than $19 billion to the
states Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.
Grief has been an integral part of the success of the Texas Lottery
Commission since its inception. He was appointed in 1991, by the Texas
Comptroller of Public Accounts, to the original eight-member Lottery Task Force
assigned to research and launch the Texas Lottery. In 2002, Grief was appointed
by the Commission to serve the first of what would be three separate terms as
acting executive director. Between and after these appointments, Grief served
as deputy executive director until his official appointment as executive
director in 2010.
Grief is the immediate past chair of the Powerball game,
past Lead Director for the Mega Millions multi-state game consortium and past
president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
(NASPL). In 2012, he was honored with the PGRI Major Peter J. OConnell
Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2014 he was inducted to
Public Gaming Research Institutes Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.
native Texan, Grief is a graduate of the University of Texas at the Permian
Basin where he earned a bachelors degree in business administration.
COMMISSIONS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED NASPL
(October 9, 2013) The North American
Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as
president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade
Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the
new NASPL president, said David Gale, executive director of NASPL.
His experience, integrity and dedication to our industry will be an
asset to our organization and I look forward to working with
Founded in 1971, NASPL has evolved from an informal exchange
of information among three pioneering lottery directors, to an organization
that has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery
organizations. Although the Association's membership and services have grown
tremendously over the years, its basic mission remains the same as when it was
founded more than 40 years ago -- to assemble and disseminate information and
benefits of state and provincial lottery organizations through education and
"I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected
president of NASPL," said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery
Commission. "Garys many industry recognitions confirm what we know
about him in Texashis knowledge, experience and leadership are
unparalleled and he is an integral part of the continued success of the Texas