Kansas Lottery Director Resigns Citing Health Reasons

Dennis Wilson

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A day after joining a celebration to mark its 25th birthday, the executive director of the Kansas Lottery announced Wednesday that he is stepping down.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced he has accepted the resignation of Dennis Wilson. It is effective December 3, 2012.

Wilson cited health reasons, saying he must devote full attention to recovering from a serious knee injury to ensure it doesn't further deteriorate. He was using crutches at Tuesday's event.

“It has been an honor to once again serve my fellow Kansans. I have enjoyed my time working at the Kansas Lottery and with its dedicated staff. They work hard every day to ensure the agency and games are upheld to the highest industry standards,” Wilson said in his letter to the Governor. “I am disappointed that my service must come to an end."

Brownback will name an acting director in the coming weeks.

“I appreciate the leadership and experience Dennis brought to the Kansas Lottery. Under his guidance, the agency saw a nearly 5% increase in ticket sales as well as the successful opening of two state-owned casinos,” Brownback said in a statement. “He has served the state and his home community of Johnson County well. We wish him the best – and a speedy recovery.”

Further information from the Governor's Office:

Wilson began his business career in the retail automotive business in 1968 and went on to be a highly-successful owner/operator or investor in six new car franchise dealerships in the Kansas City area. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1995 –1999 before working in the Kansas Treasurer’s Office as Director of Unclaimed Properties for two years. He then was elected Johnson County Treasurer from 2001 to 2005 and then as State Senator for the 37th District from 2005 to 2009.

The mission of the Kansas Lottery is to produce the maximum amount of revenue possible for the State of Kansas while ensuring the integrity of all games.