Lottery Director John A. Myers
About the Director
Governor Jim Justice appointed John Myers as Director of the West Virginia Lottery on September 18, 2018. Myers returns to the Lottery after having served as the Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration since January of 2017.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Administration, he worked at the West Virginia Lottery as the Assistant Director from 2008-2017 and served as Acting Lottery Director from 2015-2017.
Before he started his career in public service, Myers managed corporate administration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, West Virginia.
A graduate of The Ohio State University with a business degree, Director Myers previously served as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Point Pleasant and Logan Lions Clubs.
The commission was created in 1985 to assist and advise the director of the Lottery and to carry on a continuous study of West Virginia Lottery operations throughout the state. Members are appointed by the Governor with the approval of the senate. In accordance with state law, the Lottery Commission is required to have seven members comprised of a lawyer, a certified public accountant, a computer expert, a marketing specialist, and one member with not less than five years experience in law enforcement. An additional two members represent the “public at large”. No more than four members may be from the same political party. Unless filling an unexpired appointment, members serve overlapping terms of five years and are eligible for successive appointments to the commission.
The mission of the West Virginia Lottery is to operate in a socially responsible manner with the highest standards of integrity and security to generate revenue for programs that benefit the citizens of the State of West Virginia.