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Stephen Martino

Martino departs state lottery agency

The head of the state agency that oversees the lottery and casinos in Maryland is leaving to join a Baltimore law firm after nearly five years.

Stephen L. Martino announced his departure in an email sent to employees at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

“It has been an honor to work with you and serve the State of Maryland during this time of extraordinary change for the agency and the state’s gaming policy,” Martino wrote. “We’ve successfully opened five casinos that have increased revenues to Maryland’s public education system and employed thousands. The traditional lottery is one of the most accomplished in the world, annually sending more than half a billion dollars to the state general fund.”

Martino, an attorney, was appointed in 2010 by Gov. Martin J. O’Malley to what was then the Maryland State Lottery Agency. Prior to his appointment in Maryland, he spent nearly five years as the executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, where he helped design the framework for casino gambling in that state. He also enforced criminal gambling provisions in Kansas as a special assistant attorney general.

Martino was at the helm of the Maryland agency that became the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency when the state’s first casino opened in Perryville in September 2010 and the selection of the sixth and final casino at National Harbor in 2013.

In his letter, Martino announced he would join the corporate practice group of the Baltimore office of Duane Morris and will focus on gaming, lottery and interactive gaming as well as lobbying in the industry.

Martino’s last day is March 27.