Pennsylvania has appointed Silvan Lutkewitte as executive director of the state lottery, replacing Robert Coyne who had been serving as interim director following the departure of Todd Rucci last November.

The appointment comes less than two weeks after the state’s governor Tom Corbett pulled the plug on his efforts to privatise the lottery, with the an agreement with UK national lottery operator Camelot expiring at the end of December.

Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said that Lutkewitte is an entrepreneur with notable experience in business finance and building strategic partnerships.

Lutkewitte begins his new role today (January 13th) and was appointed executive director after a review process that considered current lottery employees and lottery industry experts for the position.

“Sil brings broad experience in business growth, retail operations and contract negotiation to this leadership role, as well as a deep understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes that govern the lottery,” said Meuser. “We welcome Sil to the helm of the lottery, particularly as we begin to write the next chapter in lottery growth.”

Lutkewitte most recently served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, where he has been a member since he was appointed in 2009. In this role, he reviewed regulations for consistency with legislative intent and facilitated public review and comment on administrative actions.

He brings with more than 20 years of experience in various roles in the gas station and convenience store business, most recently working as a manager with Lehigh Gas, which has more than 250 locations in Pennsylvania, 57 of which are licensed lottery retailers.

Meuser said that gas stations and convenience stores make up approximately 43 per cent of the lottery's more than 9,100 retailers across the state.

“Sil has a data-driven approach to business operations, and I'm confident in his ability to diagnose opportunities to standardize best practices across retailers and maximize sales,” he said. “Sil has invaluable experience brokering deals, bringing new partners together and negotiating contracts.

“We are fortunate that the lottery can now benefit from that experience. He will be influential in growing the lottery retail base by fostering relationships with new corporate accounts, and his business acumen will complement the commonwealth's procurement processes well, to ensure we get the greatest possible value out of contracts with advertising partners, lottery suppliers and other vendors.”