BERLIN, Vt. — The Vermont Lottery Commission today announced that long-time Executive Director Alan Yandow would not seek another biannual appointment to the position.
After nearly fourteen years as Executive Director, and working with three governors, Yandow will leave state service.
Yandow said, "I step down from one of the most interesting positions in state government. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the State of Vermont and lottery players over the last fourteen years".
Governor Peter Shumlin stated, "I am grateful to Alan Yandow for his 14 years of service to Vermont. As all profits from the state lottery go to the Education Fund, an efficient and effective state lottery provides crucial resources for educating Vermont's students, and I thank Alan for his dedication over those many years".
Vermont Lottery Commission Chair Martha O'Connor added, "I join with the Governor in also expressing my gratitude for Alan's many years of service, and what he has done for the growth of our state lottery. And, I thank him for how he has represented us to the public, both in our state and with national organizations".
Yandow also served as Lottery spokesperson for the "Good.Clean.Fun" campaign initiated in 1999 to demonstrate to Vermonters that the Lottery was run by "real" people, it was a credible organization, and should be played for fun, and not if you needed to win. This campaign relied heavily on a "reality-based marketing message", rather than promising big prizes.
During Yandow's tenure, the Lottery worked closely with the Vermont Council on Problem Gambling, and established one of the earliest and strongest "Play Responsibly" programs in the country. This program helped create a national and international awareness of the need to assist problem gamblers. Yandow also is the only lottery director to serve on the National Council on Problem Gambling board of directors.
On the national level, Yandow was elected to serve as President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), Chair of the Powerball Group; and, Vice-President of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).
Other changes occurring during Yandow's tenure included: going through two (2) conversion of the entire gaming system, including terminals, with two (2) different vendors to acquire state-of-the-art equipment for the Lottery, players and lottery retailers; increasing overall sales by 29%, as well as achieving record lottery sales; and, bringing in two (2) large jackpot games (Powerball & Mega Millions), as well as other new games, to the Lottery.
"Over the last fourteen years I have worked with the most talented lottery professionals in North America, including our own Vermont Lottery staff", said Yandow, "and wish them all the best as they move forward with new challenges".