The Lottery grew on Trees

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Ed Trees, the longtime executive director of Pennsylvania’s Lottery, will retire at the end of the week.

Trees started his career with the lottery as a clerk in 1976. He moved up through the ranks and in 2006 was named executive director.

“We’re sad to see Ed move on and take with him the institutional knowledge and experience he’s gained nearly since the Lottery’s inception,” said Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell.

Trees is certainly leaving his mark behind. He’s credited with bringing about the merger of Powerball and Mega Millions. He also served as the president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. One of only two lottery directors from Pennsylvania to hold that position.

“Ed has been a true leader within the lottery industry, as well as a friend to many who have crossed his path,” said David Gale, executive director of NASPL.

Drew Svitko, who has served as the lottery’s deputy executive director since 2008, has been named interim executive director.

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