Friday, November 1, 2013


Topic: “Virginia Lottery's 25 Years of Contributions to the Commonwealth”
Date: Thursday, December 5
Speaker: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members
Location: Owens & Minor, 9120 Lockwood Blvd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116
About Our Speaker
Paula Otto was part of the Virginia Lottery long before the first ticket was sold in 1988. She was a member of the original group of people who worked to build the Lottery from scratch. As the Lottery’s first Director of Public Affairs, she was instrumental in shaping and protecting the Lottery’s public image.

In 1997 she left the Lottery to accept a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University, eventually rising to the position of Associate Director of the School of Mass Communications. Eleven years later she was tapped to lead the Lottery as Executive Director in its 20th birthday year – and beyond. Otto was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010.

With the unique experience of having been there at the start, Ms. Otto understands how the Lottery occupies a place in Virginia’s infrastructure that straddles a line between government and business. Since taking over as Executive Director, she has fostered strategic planning and the use of technology to optimize the amount of revenue the Lottery raises for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. She and the Lottery’s 260 full-time employees take great pride in maintaining the Lottery’s reputation for integrity, innovation and fun.

Ms. Otto grew up in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated with a degree in journalism from West Virginia University and earned a master’s degree in public communication from American University. She worked as a television news reporter and anchor in West Virginia and later with WTVR-TV in Richmond before joining the Lottery.

Otto is active with several community groups including the boards of the Virginia Voice radio reading service and the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Otto also volunteers with Bon Secours Hospitals. She and her husband live in Hanover.