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About the Director

John C. Musgrave, a native of Point Pleasant, W.Va., was appointed director of the West Virginia Lottery in April of 1997 and reappointed by Governor Bob Wise in 2001 and by Governor Joe Manchin III in 2005. Musgrave brings to the Lottery a strong finance background with more than two decades of public service at the federal, state and local levels.


As Lottery Director, he oversees a special revenue agency that generates more than $1.5 billion in gross sales and provides a profit to the State of West Virginia of more than $600 million annually to fund programs for senior citizens, education, parks and tourism, capital projects and such other programs as the Legislature may determine. 


He has served as President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and President of the Multi State Lottery Association. He is also a past chairman of the Powerball and video lottery groups.


In 2010, he was awarded the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by PGRI, publishers of Public Gaming International Magazine.  This honor is presented annually to an individual who has distinguished his or herself over a long period of time and made important contributions to the success of their peers and the lottery industry. Musgrave was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame by the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries’ in 2011.


From 1981 to 1995, he held several high-level administrative positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including acting-associate administrator of the Rural Development Administration where he was responsible for a $72 million administrative budget and over $1.25 billion in program funds. As special assistant to the undersecretary of Agriculture he assisted in managing 12,000 employees in 2,200 offices with a budget of over $60 billion. He also served as regional director of the Rural Development Administration for the seven-state, Mideast Region. From 1981 to 1992, he was state director of the West Virginia Farmers Home Administration where he supervised agency credit assistance and economic development programs for West Virginia with a loan portfolio of over $900 million. Musgrave also served as Mayor of Point Pleasant from 1972-1981, and as Acting Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue from 2004-2007.


Musgrave is a United States Air Force veteran. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children and six grandchildren.

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