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Paula I. Otto

Biography: Paula I. Otto

Paula I. Otto was among the leadership team that created the Virginia Lottery and served as the its first Director of Public Affairs from 1988 through 1997, where she was responsible for creating and protecting the Lottery’s public image.
Upon leaving the Lottery, Otto took a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University and has continued to work with the Lottery, conducting communication and media training sessions for the agency’s leadership.
Before joining the Lottery team in 1987, Otto was a television news journalist on WTVR-TV in Richmond.
Otto, 46, was raised in Arlington County and has been a resident of Hanover County since 1986. She holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and a master of arts in public communication from American University.
Since 1999, all Lottery profits have been designated to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $3.4 billion for Virginia’s public schools, currently representing about seven percent of annual state funding for public education in Virginia. In 19 years, the Lottery has awarded more than $10 billion in prizes to players and more than $1 billion in retailer commissions. Headquartered in Richmond, the Virginia Lottery employs 250 Virginians across the state and generates sales revenue of more than $1 billion annually. 

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Governor Kaine Announces Appointment of Lottery Director
RICHMOND, Virginia, USA (January 25, 2008) -- Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced the appointment of Paula I. Otto as Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery. Otto replaces Sheila Hill-Christian...............Read the full story at: Vol.42 No.5

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