TOPEKA, Kansas — Former legislator and long-time business owner Terry Presta has been named the new executive director of the Kansas Lottery.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced Presta's appointment Wednesday. He replaces interim director Sherriene Jones-Sontag, who filled the post after the announcement that executive director Dennis Taylor was retiring.
Presta served in the Kansas House from 1995 to 1999. He was the president and CEO of Overland Park-based Presto Convenience Stores until December 2010. Brownback cited Presta's business experience in making his selection for the position.
Jones-Sontag will stay with the lottery as deputy director. Taylor had been handling special projects for the lottery in addition to serving as an interim director. He previously was secretary of the Department of Administration for Brownback.