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Suzanna Shkreli to Become New Michigan Lottery Commissioner 

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Last updated: 04.03.2024
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Effective March 1, Suzanna Shkreli will become the new Michigan Lottery commissioner, as appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Shkreli’s appointment comes as the current acting commissioner, Jessica Weare, transitions to a new role within the state government. Weare has been serving as commissioner since July 2023.

As the new commissioner, Shkreli will report directly to Whitmer and oversee the Lottery’s operations. Her role will involve maximizing contributions to the state’s School Aid Fund. 

Having worked in juvenile systems, Shkreli looks forward to supporting children’s education funding as part of her role with the Michigan Lottery. 

In a press release from the Michigan government, Shkreli said, “It is a tremendous honor to continue the longstanding work of the Michigan Lottery.”

She adds, “I look forward to working closely with local vendors and retailers who are vital to the success of the program. Under Governor Whitmer’s leadership, the Michigan Lottery continues to deliver record results for our children’s education across the state – with more than $1.3 billion from the Lottery going to schools last year. I’m thankful to Governor Whitmer for the opportunity to serve in this new role, and I look forward to working with the entire lottery team to continue this success”.

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Shkreli has been working as the Director of Juvenile Justice Reform at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services since March 2023. In her previous position, Shkreli secured nearly 100 additional placements for juvenile justice youth. 

On the same day, Whitmer also announced Marlon Brown as the new director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). She states, “Michigan is on the move because of Michiganders who get things done that make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Whitmer continues, “I am so excited to welcome Marlon and Suzy to their leadership roles. Both of them have spent their careers working to make our state government more efficient and effective. Additionally, I am welcoming some new and familiar faces to my executive office team. Together, we are going to keep our foot on the accelerator and move Michigan forward”.