May 31, 2024 3 min read


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Michigan Lottery Elevates Joe Froehlich to COO Role

Before being appointed to the role of chief operating officer, the executive held a number of important positions with the Lottery

The Michigan Lottery confirmed an important senior-level promotion. On Thursday, the lottery revealed that it looked from within to select a new chief operating officer (COO). After careful consideration, Joe Froehlich, an executive with extensive experience, was chosen for the important role.

The appointment was confirmed by Suzanna Shkreli, the Michigan Lottery’s commissioner. Taking on the role of COO, Froehlich is expected to oversee strategic growth processes. He will be in charge of operational processes and collaborating with the C-suite at the lottery.

Overall, Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience within the legal and regulatory vertical across Michigan. Now, he will leverage his unique skills and extensive knowledge to help guide the growth of the lottery.

Prior to his appointment as chief operating officer, Froehlich held the dual role of deputy commissioner of legal affairs and charitable gaming and director of compliance and legal affairs. While holding those roles, Froehlich was able to gain significant insights into the lottery’s operations.

Undoubtedly, becoming acquainted with the day-to-day operations of the Michigan Lottery will help the new COO. Holding the dual role, Froehlich oversaw IT security, FOIA sections and Corporate Responsibility, while playing a key role in the Charitable Gaming and Security Divisions.

The Lottery Commissioner, Looking Forward to Collaborating with the New COO

Before his tenure at the Michigan Lottery, Froehlich was employed by the Michigan Department of Attorney General for more than a decade. At the time, he held a number of important management-level roles.

Throughout his professional career, Froehlich also served as a court officer for the Ingham County Circuit Court and an attorney for a recognizable law firm.

Since joining the Lottery, Joe has provided outstanding leadership in a variety of roles.

Suzanna Shkreli, commissioner at the Michigan Lottery

Shkreli shared her excitement about the latest senior-level appointment. She highlighted the exceptional leadership demonstrated by Froehlich. Finally, the commissioner said: “I am pleased to have him take on an expanded leadership role with the agency and look forward to working closely with him to help provide critical funding to Michigan’s School Aid Fund.”

Earlier this week, a Macomb County woman, who registered non-winning 500X Money Maker lottery tickets, secured a hefty $100,000 second chance prize. While the woman’s name was withheld, upon collecting her prize at the lottery headquarters, she said that she initially couldn’t believe what happened. Asked what she would do with the money, the lucky lottery winner said she intends to save it.


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