COLORADO LOTTERY COMMISSIONERS ELECT LEADERSHIP POSTITIONS, NEW COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

COLORADO LOTTERY COMMISSIONERS ELECT LEADERSHIP POSTITIONS, NEW COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

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DENVER, Sept. 9, 2013- Margie Martinez Perusek, retired Weld County Commander, has been elected to her first term as chair of the Colorado Lottery Commission, and Robin Wise, President and CEO of Junior Achievement Denver, has been elected vice-chair. Commissioners Martinez Perusek and Wise will serve in these leadership positions until July 2014. Hon. Charles Dennis Maes of Pueblo was appointed as the Lottery’s fifth commissioner for a term expiring July 1, 2017.

Martinez Perusek, who was appointed to the Commission in August 2011, served as Weld County Undersheriff for Sheriff John Cooke from 2002-2011. She started her career with the Sheriff’s office in 1976. She graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2005 and earned her Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Perusek also serves on the Board of Directors for United Way and Women’s Ministry Centers and is the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greeley.

Wise, who was appointed to the Commission in July 2006, is in her second commission term. She was also vice-chair in 2010. Since 1991 Wise has served as the President and CEO of Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, Inc. She earned a BS in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. Wise is a board member of the Public Education and Business Coalition.In 2012,the Denver Business Journal named Robin “Outstanding Woman in Business” for the nonprofit sector.

Maes served as the Chief District Judge of the Tenth Judicial District from September 1, 1995 to May 31, 2012. He retired on May 31, 2012. Maes also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce and Mental Health of America Colorado. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Pueblo County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lottery Commissions mission is to ensure that all games marketed by the Colorado Lottery are: done with security and protection of the integrity of the games and organization of the Colorado Lottery; and to ensure that all Colorado Lottery games are representative of the values of the State of Colorado and its citizens. For more information on the Lottery Commission, visit www.coloradolottery.com/ABOUT/GOVERNANCE/COMMISSIONERS.

About Colorado Lottery

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Lotto, Cash 5, Pick 3, Powerball, Mega Millions and Scratch - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.5 billion to the state of Colorado since its creation 30 years ago. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.

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September 9, 2013
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