“The Lottery: Big Business, Big Fun!”
Margaret Requa DeFrancisco was selected in December 2003 as the President/CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation following ten years in public service in state and county government in New York which included heading the New York Lottery, the largest in North America. Since coming to Georgia, her focus has been on growing the sales of a very successful lottery, whose profits have supported the HOPE Scholarship and Pre-Kindergarten programs, directly impacting over 2.5 million students in Georgia.
Her overall business goal is to maximize revenues efficiently and improve the public’s understanding of why lotteries were created. During her tenure the Georgia Lottery Corporation has achieved both record sales and profit numbers, with 2010-2011 fiscal year sales in excess of $3.5 billion and profit to education of $846 million, taking the total raised since the lottery’s inception to over $13 billion.
Holding both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the State University of New York, Margaret is a firm believer in community service and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. She recently served as the president of the international industry association of state and provincial lotteries, is active on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. She is the 2012 chair of the Georgia Chamber’s Red Carpet Tour.
She has been named to the “Most Influential” lists by Georgia Trend, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and James magazine. She has been honored with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Legacy Award, the Chauncey Davis Foundation as a Champion for the Cause, and as a Friend of Radio by the March of Dimes. In March 2011 she received the Major Peter O’Connell Lifetime Achievement Award from the lottery industry.