Gregg Edgar with Arizona Lottery E35
Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated nearly $5 billion in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona.
Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales fund programs in higher education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services.
The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner.
Gregg Edgar serves as the Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. In his tenure, the agency has generated over $7.6 billion in sales, returned more than $5 billion in prizes to players, transferred more than $1.6 billion to beneficiary agencies and programs, and generated more than $500 million in commissions to our retail partners.
Gregg’s fundamental focus on team development, business operations and strategic innovation have shaped the organization’s success for the future. In his role, Gregg also serves as the Vice Chair of Marketing for the Multi-State Lottery (MUSL) after having served as Marketing Committee Chair for MUSL and as Business Development Chair for the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. He is a vocal advocate for the industry’s impact throughout North America and leading efforts to leverage value for the Powerball brand.
Before taking the helm at the Arizona Lottery, Gregg served as a Senior Strategic Communications consultant for international and national brands. In that capacity, he was honored to serve the White House for eight years and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad Iraq. Gregg earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University. He and his wife Margaret live in Chandler with their seven children.
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Thomas Barr is the Executive Director for Local First Arizona, the largest coalition of local businesses in North America. He advocates for a strong local business community that contributes to building vibrancy, equity, and prosperity across the state. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University, Thomas leads the business coalition of Local First Arizona by advocating for the economic and cultural benefits provided by building strong local economies.
Thomas steers the strategic direction of LFA’s major programs and initiatives as well as the engagement of over 3000 businesses across Arizona. As Executive Director, Thomas guides a team of statewide senior directors overseeing the execution of LFA’s communication strategy, major initiatives and key partnerships, as well as the collaboration of over 30 staff implementing work in entrepreneurship programs, small business advocacy, local food initiatives, sustainability, urban development and community building. He frequently speaks to groups locally and nationally, presenting the impact of Local First Arizona and the importance of local economy work in building prosperity.
Outside of Local First Arizona, Thomas has participated in volunteering his time to many causes and organizations throughout the Valley including Young Nonprofit Professionals – Phoenix, Equality Arizona, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Heritage Square Foundation and Phoenix Legal Action Network. Additionally, Thomas is a 2018 Phoenix Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree, alumni of Arizona Leading for Change, and current participant in Valley Leadership Institute’s 40th cohort.