Mississippi Lottery hires first president

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has hired Thomas N. Shaheen to serve as the first president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

Shaheen served as executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery from 2005 until 2010, leading it through its start-up phase and through multiple years of steady growth, according to the MLC.

“Tom brings a wealth of industry expertise and experience running both established and start-up lotteries,” said MLC chairman, Mike McGrevey.

“His history in the leadership of lotteries will help Mississippi establish our lottery quickly and successfully,” said MLC vice-chairman, Gerard Gibert.

Shaheen has also worked in the past for the New Mexico Lottery, Georgia Lottery Corporation and for the Texas and Florida lotteries during their start-ups.

A graduate of Wayne State University, Shaheen most recently served as executive vice president and chief policy officer of Linq3, a lottery technology company. As president, he will make a base salary of $225,000 and be eligible for performance incentives.

As required by law, the governor has reviewed and approved the Shaheen's hiring.