Kansas Lottery Director to resign in December

TOPEKA – Kansas Lottery Director Dennis Wilson plans to resign in December in order to recover from a serious knee injury, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday.

Brownback applauded Wilson’s work, noting that the state had a 5 percent increase in ticket sales under Wilson’s leadership.

Brownback will name an acting director in coming weeks.

In a news release, Wilson thanked his staff for making sure the agency and its games are “upheld to the highest industry standards.”

“I am disappointed that my service must come to an end,” he said in a prepared statement. “But I need to direct my attention to my full recovery from a serious knee injury and ensure that it does not further deteriorate.”

Wilson, who is from Overland Park, previously served as a  representative in the House from 1995 to 1999 and in the Senate from 2005 top 2009.