Colorado Lottery welcomes Arnold Hanuman as its newest Lottery Commissioner


Arnold J. Hanuman, Esq., has been appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to fill the vacancy on the Colorado Lottery Commission created by the departure of Judge Dennis Maes at the end of his eight-year tenure.

 A position that is statutorily required to be an attorney, Hanuman is the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council (CDAC). Residing in Arvada, Hanuman also serves on other statewide-level working groups, including the Judiciary’s Statewide Problem Solving Court Advisory Committee, and previously on Governor Hickenlooper’s 2018 Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Taskforce.

Prior to joining CDAC in 2013, Hanuman was Deputy District Attorney for seven years in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office in Boulder. He moved to Colorado in 2006 from Maryland, where he was Assistant State’s Attorney with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. Before joining the Boulder DA’s office, Hanuman was a solo practitioner focusing on business, real estate, and state and federal criminal defense where he successfully appealed a criminal case to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. 

Lottery commissioners are appointed to four year terms and are limited to two terms.

Active in the legal community, Hanuman is also a past president of the South Asian Bar Association of Colorado (SABA-CO) and a current member of the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association. In August 2018, Hanuman became the first South Asian attorney in Colorado to be nominated by a judicial nominating commission to serve as a Judge at the District Court, opening the door for other South Asian attorneys to apply and be appointed to the Colorado bench.