Granbury man named to Lottery Commission

January 25, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed a Granbury resident to the Texas Lottery Commission.

John W. Townes III, a retired Navy rear admiral, learned last week that he had been named to a term on the commission that will expire on Feb. 1, 2015.

The five-member commission oversees the Texas Lottery and is charged with making sure lottery and bingo games are legal and fair.

“I feel privileged to be able to serve the state of Texas and in some way give back to what I’ve received from the state over the years,” Townes said Tuesday.

Townes, 64, served 33 years in the Navy. He moved here in early May with his wife, Nancy, after 7-1/2 years in San Antonio.

They are renting a home here while their new home is being built.

Townes said his Lottery Commission duties will require travel to Austin for periodic meetings, about once a month or every six weeks.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Naval Academy and a master’s degree in national security and foreign affairs from the Naval War College. At Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Townes completed the Senior Officials in National Security Fellowship.

Townes is retired senior vice president of Texas-based USAA (United Services Automobile Association), where he worked for seven years. He’s a member of the board of directors of the Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Foundation, and a past board member of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Ray Maas’ Youth Alternatives.

They have a daughter living in Dallas, and his wife’s sister and her husband reside in Weatherford.

Townes and his wife liked the look of the downtown square when driving through for visits, he said, and also were attracted to the small-town feeling of Granbury, he said.

Nancy is a Texas native and a graduate of Baylor University in Waco.

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