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Medenica tapped to lead Md. lottery and gaming agency

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that he has appointed Gordon Medenica to head the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Medenica previously served as head of operations for the New York Lottery for five years before leaving the job in 2012. During his tenure, Medenica oversaw an agency that posted record revenue increases with $8.4 billion in sales and $3 billion in profits, according to Hogan’s statement.

He also has served as the president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and as transitional chief executive officer for Northstar New Jersey Lottery group.

He replaces Stephen L. Martino, who in March left the state agency that oversees more than $1.3 billion in combined lottery and casino revenue and five operational casinos and a sixth one under construction. Martino left to 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.

“Gordon Medenica will bring a wealth of lottery and business experience to the agency,” Hogan said in a statement. “I am confident that he will be committed to maintaining the integrity of the agency, as well as ensuring that the casino and gaming program continues to run efficiently and effectively .”

Medenica holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.