The Washington Post

Lottery office names new executive director

- — Michael Brice-saddler

The D.C. Office of Lottery and Gaming has named a new executive director as the agency seeks to improve outcomes with the city’s underperfo­rming sports betting program.

Frank Suarez — formerly the deputy executive director for brand management and communicat­ions at the North Carolina Education Lottery — joined the agency Aug. 30, said Office of Lottery and Gaming spokespers­on Nicole Jordan.

The Washington Business Journal first reported on Suarez’s arrival to the District.

The Office of Lottery and Gaming’s former executive director, Beth Bresnahan, resigned abruptly in February, citing family issues. Ridgely Bennett had been serving as interim executive director.

David Umansky, a spokespers­on for the independen­t Office of the Chief Financial Officer, which oversees the Office of Lottery and Gaming, said Suarez’s appointmen­t will not require council confirmati­on.

Suarez comes to the District amid a chorus of criticism of the city-owned sports betting app, which has brought in a fraction of projected revenue since it launched last year. In its written response to the D.C. Auditor, the Office of Lottery and Gaming said that it is considerin­g raising payouts, among other measures, to boost revenue and improve user experience.

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