california state lottery commission


Our Mission Is to Help California’s Public Schools

The Lottery’s sole mission is to supplement funding for California’s public schools and colleges. Since we began in 1984, we’ve given schools more than $37 billion.

While the Lottery is a public agency, we receive no public funding. Instead, we raise all operating and administrative expenses through the responsible sales of our games. We give the community back 95 cents of every dollar you spend on Lottery games through contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Learn more about who we benefit.

Administrative expenses were originally capped at 16 percent of sales, with 34 percent going to education. In April 2010, the Legislature passed California’s Assembly Bill 142, which changed the Lottery’s funding formula to follow best practices. This has helped the Lottery increase sales and transfer more money to public schools and colleges.

What the Lottery Act Specifies
  • A commission appointed by the Governor will operate and administer the Lottery. Learn about the Lottery Commission.
  • Eighty-seven percent of all sales must go back to the public in the form of prizes and contributions to education.
  • The Lottery’s beneficiaries include: K-12 public schools, community colleges, California State University, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—Division of Juvenile Justice, California Department of Education—State Special Schools, California Department of Developmental Services and California Department of State Hospitals.

The Legislature can amend the Lottery Act if it will further our purpose of providing supplemental funding to public education in California.

The Lottery establishes a three-year rolling business plan that sets our goals and objectives for each fiscal year. We continuously review our performance, based on short-term targets, to make sure we operate at maximum efficiency.

Like any business, our performance review is critical to measure our success and identify areas that could be improved. By closely examining the Lottery’s performance, we can continue to maximize our contributions to education.

As a member of the global lottery industry, the Lottery is a strong supporter and promoter of responsible gaming. We dedicate significant resources to responsible gaming and pioneered the first problem gambling hotline in California. Learn more about our commitment to responsible gaming and follow the California Council on Problem Gambling on Facebook.

The World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming Award

We’re proud to be the first lottery in the nation to receive the highest level of internationally recognized certification for responsible gaming. Find out about our World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Level Four Award.

The mission of the California State Lottery is to support California’s public schools. Learn how we began, how we meet our goals and how students benefit.


Ensuring integrity, security, fairness and transparency in the operation and administration of the Lottery.

The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. These appointments meet the requirements of the Lottery Act, which specifies that:

  • No more than three members can be from the same political party.
  • One member must be a certified public accountant.
  • One member must have least five years of experience as a law enforcement officer.

Serving California

The Commission approves the Lottery’s budget and business plans to make sure we achieve our mission—providing supplemental funding for California’s public schools and colleges.

If you have questions or comments for the Commission, feel free to Contact Us. Or, call the Lottery Customer Service Department at 1-800-LOTTERY (1-800-568-8379), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to­ 5 p.m.

Our Members

Lottery Commission Chair

Sheriff Ahern, a lifelong resident of Alameda County, has been Sheriff of Alameda County since 2007. He was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in 1980, and has served more than 36 years as a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Lottery Commission Member

Mr. Kirtman is a business consultant. He was a senior vice president of publicity for NBC Entertainment from 2006 to 2016, led marketing communications for General Electric Aviation from 2005 to 2006, led General Electric’s digital efforts from 2002 to 2005 and was a senior manager of new media for NBC Entertainment from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Kirtman also worked at Warner Bros. as a marketing representative from 1995 to 1998, and was their public affairs representative from 1994 to 1995.

Lottery Commission Member

Peter Stern is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Inxeption Corporation. Stern has over 20 years of technology sales, leadership, business development and startup experience. Prior to joining Inxeption, Stern’s past roles included Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Sales at Skedulo, Autopilot and OpSource. Early on in his career, he was Vice President of Enterprise Corporate Sales at Salesforce. At Salesforce, he was responsible for the west coast development and growth of a new direct sales division. Stern’s first job out of college was at Oracle where he worked for 6 years and was ultimately responsible for the management of a North American field sales organization evangelizing Oracle’s embedded infrastructure technology within the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) community. In December 2010, he was appointed to the San Francisco International Airport Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom and was reappointed in 2014 by Mayor Edwin Lee and Mayor London Breed in 2018.

Lottery Commission Member

Keetha Mills is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation), the nonprofit auxiliary serving the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and all 115 colleges. Mills’ professional background includes over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, finance, accounting, and operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served in a management role at Hines Interest Limited Partnership and held several regional positions at Planned Parenthood, including Chief Financial Officer of Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta and Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Earlier in her career, Mills worked with two of the nation’s largest accounting firms at the time, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and held positions at Dynegy. A community college alumna, Mills earned her associate of arts in business administration from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and her bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Houston.

Our Meetings Are Open to You

Meetings, which are open to the public, are held at least once a quarter. The meeting agenda for the next Commission meeting will be posted below 10 days prior to the meeting. Keep in mind that you need a PDF reader to open and print the materials in the minutes.

Please contact Elisa Topete, Assistant to the Commission, at (916) 822-8110 or TDD 1-855-591-5776 to submit written material about an agenda item or request disability accommodations. If you’d like to address the Commission, contact Elisa by 4 p.m. the day before or at the time of the meeting.

November 19, 2020 10:00 a.m.
California State Lottery Commission Headquarters
700 North 10th Street, Sacramento, California 95811

The California State Lottery’s November 19, 2020 Commission Meeting will be held remotely, consistent with Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 and the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to encourage physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The public is able to participate by calling 916-306-8465, Conference ID: 457 464 837#.

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call of Commissioners

4. Consider Approval of the Agenda

5. Approval of the Minutes of the September 24, 2020 Commission Meeting

a. Director’s Comments
b. Audit Committee Report
c. Facilities Master Plan Update
d. Holiday Scratchers® Campaign

7. CONSENT CALENDAR (The items on the consent calendar will be moved and voted on without staff presentation unless a Commissioner requests discussion.)

8. ACTION ITEMS (Items will include a staff presentation, Commissioners’ discussion, public comment opportunity and a vote by the Commissioners.):
a. African American Marketing and Advertising Services Contract
The Lottery seeks approval for the new African American Marketing and Advertising contract, that provides the resources required for the development of marketing and advertising plans and programs that communicate directly with African American consumers in California.
b. Amendment to Extend the Contract Term for Statewide Architectural Services
The Lottery seeks approval to amend agreement with LPAS, Inc. for a term of March 21, 2021 to March 20, 2023 for architectural and engineering services. This amendment will allow the Lottery to proceed with Northern Distribution Center Remodel project.
c. Request to Add Positions to Human Resources Division
The Lottery seeks approval in requesting additional positions to ensure appropriate management oversight for Human Resources Division (HRD) programs, to further bolster health and safety, and to enable HRD to manage frequent external audit requirements from SPB, SCO, CalPERS, and others.
d. Request to Add Statistician and Information Technology Auditor
The Lottery seeks approval to add a Statistician and Information Technology Auditor to Internal Audits. The California State Lottery (Lottery), Internal Audits is responsible for providing independent, objective audit and consulting services to Lottery management. A critical part of providing these services is to have the necessary skillsets that can effectively assess critical Lottery programs. Currently, Internal Audits lacks the statistical and information technology skillsets in its professional audit staff to review these programs. These positions will allow Internal Audits to provide management with assurances that these programs are effectively operating.

9. Commissioner General Discussion

10. Scheduling Next Meetings – January 28, March 25, May 27, June 24, 2021 in Sacramento

11. Public Discussion (The Chair reserves the right to limit the time allocated for each presenter of public comments and the right to limit the number of people speaking on a single issue.)

12. Adjournment

The California State Lottery is administered by a 5-member commission appointed by the Governor. Learn how they ensure integrity, security and fairness.