Matthew John Blair, Jr. - Chairman
of Niles, was reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 27, 2021, and ending August 1, 2024. Mr. Blair has been practicing law since 1984. He currently serves as a member of The Ohio State Bar Association and The Trumbull County Bar Association. He sits on the Executive Board of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Blair attended Morehead State University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
James Brady - Vice Chair
of Shaker Heights, was reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission on September 1, 2023, for a term ending August 1, 2026. Mr. Brady is a Regional Sales Director with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, President of the consulting firm Shaker Consulting LLC and he is a city councilman in the city of Shaker Heights. A decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Mr. Brady holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo.
of Bay Village, has been appointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning September 1, 2023, and ending August 1, 2026. Caryn Candisky currently serves as the Executive Director of Government Affairs and Special Assistant to the President at Cleveland State University. Prior to joining CSU, Ms. Candisky served as District Director for United States Senator Rob Portman, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Ms. Candisky brings more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, government and communications, having served in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She directs Senator Portman’s northeast Ohio office, which covers 22 Ohio counties, and the outreach efforts on behalf of the Senator, working with elected officials, businesses, community representatives and constituents to respond to their concerns, serve as a liaison for the Senator and assist with fulfilling the Senator’s priorities and legislative agenda. Prior to working for Senator Portman, Ms. Candisky served as Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Ohio, leading communications and media relations efforts and providing strategic counsel to the company’s government and community relations organizations. She served as communications director for the Voinovich for U.S. Senate Campaign and worked for former Governor George V. Voinovich in the areas of communications and media relations, in the governor’s office as well as on several statewide campaigns.
Caryn graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She is a native of Greater Cleveland and has been active in a variety of volunteer and community organizations throughout the years.
of Wadsworth, has been reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 2, 2022, and ending August 1, 2025. Ms. Gupta holds an MBA from the University of Missouri.
Jonathan S. Hughes
of Dublin, has been reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 2, 2022, and ending August 1, 2025. Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office and Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Mr. Hughes is currently is the President and CEO of JSH Consulting Firm which specializes in Federal, State and Local Government Relations, Business Development, Marketing and Public Relations.
of New Albany, was reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission on September 1, 2023, for a term ending August 1, 2026. Ms. Mingo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. Ms. Mingo serves as the director of Community Relations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ms. Mingo directs the community engagement efforts of the hospital and works closely with neighborhood and civic organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbus 2012, board member of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and a former mayoral appointed commissioner to the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission.
of Columbus, has been reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 2, 2022, and ending August 1, 2025. Mr. Rickel is currently the Vice President at Lesic & Camper Communications where he leads media relations and grassroots strategies for clients in multiple states. Prior to his work for Lesic & Camper, he served as the marketing director for the Ohio Lottery Commission and the Ohio Department of Development. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Rickel is currently a board member for Families for a Cure, a local non-profit that provides grants to local organizations that offer cancer support services to individuals and families.
Martin J. Sweeney
of Cleveland, was reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 27, 2021, and ending August 1, 2024. A lifelong Cleveland resident, Martin has decades of public service. He served 18 years on Cleveland City Council, eight as Council President, working during that time to make improvements for safer streets, more police visibility and job creation. Martin also served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives as the Ranking Member on the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University.
of Upper Arlington, was reappointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission for a term beginning August 27, 2021, and ending August 1, 2024.. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo Law School. Mr. Szollosi is currently the Executive Director of Act Ohio. He has been a building trades attorney for over 18 years and has served in various public positions including Oregon City Council and the Ohio House of Representatives. He served four terms on the Ohio House of Representatives and was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House from 2008-2010.