Tennessee Lottery VP of Sports Gaming Operations Steps Down

Tennessee Lottery VP of Sports Gaming Operations Steps Down
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Danielle Boyd, vice president of sports gaming operations for the Tennessee Education Lottery, has stepped down, becoming the second executive in that job to leave after a short period of time in the role.

Boyd, who replaced Jennifer Roberts in July, resigned last week, she said in a social media message to Gambling.com: “I gave notice last week (Tuesday 3/16) that my last day would be 3/31, because I’ve accepted another job opportunity.” Her departure was first reported by the Tennessee Star.

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The Tennessee Lottery on Tuesday confirmed Boyd’s resignation and last day, saying in an email “we are grateful for Danielle’s time here, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Roberts was in the job about eight months before stepping down and has joined WynnBET as general counsel.

Boyd’s departure comes as the lottery handed down a suspension of one of its sports betting operators, the Tennessee-based Action 24/7. An investigator for the lottery alleged during a hearing last week to uphold the suspension that bettors on the site committed credit card fraud, money laundering and proxy wagering.

Tina Hodges, CEO of Action 24/7, said in a statement after the decision that her staff detected the alleged suspicious activity, reported it to the lottery and suspended the involved player accounts.

There will be a Tennessee House subcommittee hearing Tuesday to debate a bill that prohibits a sports betting license holder from allowing bettors to wager at the place where they made a “flex loan plan, a title pledge agreement, a deferred presentment services agreement, or a check cashing transaction.” Action 24/7 is owned by Advance Financial 24/7.

Boyd an Experienced Gaming Regulator

In addition to her time in Tennessee, Boyd worked for William Hill and the West Virginia Lottery.

Boyd was head of government relations at William Hill for two years before joining the Tennessee Lottery.

Prior to William Hill, she was managing general counsel of the West Virginia Lottery for almost seven years but left shortly after the state launched sports betting in 2018. She is from West Virginia.

Tennessee Sports Betting Starts Strong

Sports handle and revenue have steadily increased each month since the all-online market launched on Nov. 1.

Unofficial sports betting numbers in Tennessee for January show $211 million in total handle, payouts of $190 million, adjusted revenue of $21.8 million and a January privilege tax of about $4.3 million to the state.

With its suspension of Action 24/7, there are five operators live in the Tennessee. TwinSpires from Churchill Downs Inc. was the latest to join. It went live on March 18. It joined BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel, which were the first to launch on Nov. 1 (along with Action 24/7), and William Hill, which went live on March 11. WynnBET was approved in January, but has not yet launched in the state.

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