Mark Michalko, a gaming industry veteran with more than three decades of experience in both U.S. lottery and
international gaming, serves as the Executive Director of the N.C. Education Lottery.
Michalko's broad experience includes executive management roles in both world-class gaming operators and
global technology supplier companies across various segments of the gaming industry. Having led gaming
businesses based in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Michalko brings best practices from around the
world to North Carolina's lottery.
Immediately prior to joining the Education Lottery in March 2018, Michalko worked in London where he served
as Vice President and Managing Director of International Game Technology's operations in Europe, the Middle
East, and Africa, following five years in Macau as head of IGT's business in Asia. He earlier worked in Hong
Kong where he led Intralot's expansion in Asia.
Michalko's lottery experience began in 1980 as Legal Counsel for the Ohio Lottery. In 1985, he was selected
as the founding Executive Director of the California State Lottery and led the organization to record first
year revenue and profitability. He later served as founding CEO of a publicly-listed company which operated
the first national draw lottery in the Philippines.
An Ohio native, Michalko received a Bachelor's Degree in Government and Political Science from John Carroll
University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife,
Kimberly. The couple have two adult sons.