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Steven M. Saferin

Dean's Advisory Committee for the School of Communications at American University and the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia

Mr. Saferin, 69, brings over 35 years of experience to the Board of Directors including as a lottery industry innovator, having been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for innovations in lottery advertising and the invention and implementation of licensed games in the lottery industry, one of the most important products in the world lottery industry. Mr. Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment) in 1986, an industry leader in licensed lottery games and promotions, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2003 when he sold the company to Scientific Games Corporation. Following the sale, Mr. Saferin continued to lead MDI as a division president for Scientific Games and he also assumed the position of Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games in 2009 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was the Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986 and was active in cable television franchising, serving as a Vice President with Viacom Communications and an Assistant Vice President at Warner Amex Cable between 1978 to 1982. Mr. Saferin was an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and for Viacom International, Inc. between 1974 and 1978. Mr. Saferin serves on the Dean’s advisory committee for the School of Communications at The American University and the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University and was a sports writer at The Washington Post. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland.