Mark Michalko, a gaming industry veteran who brings more than four decades of experience in both US lottery and international gaming, serves as the Executive Director of the NC 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 US, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Michalko brings best practices from around the world to North Carolina's lottery.
Before joining the NC 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 also 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 revenue and profitability in its first year. He later served as the founding CEO of a publicly listed company that operated the first national draw lottery in the Philippines. He was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame in 2019.
Under Michalko’s leadership, the NCEL has achieved record sales and returns to Education. Annual sales grew by 79% to $4.35 Billion in FY 2023 from $2.42 Billion the year before Michalko joined the Lottery and net revenue to Education grew to more than $1 Billion, up from $622 million in the same period. The NCEL also obtained recertification at the highest level for responsible gaming from the World Lottery Association and was recognized by the Triangle Business Journal as a ‘Best Place to Work.”
Michalko, an Ohio native, 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.