Michael Wells to be appointed Oregon Lottery's new Director

August 24, 2023
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He has previously worked for the Oregon Police and FBI.

Michael Wells is currently working as the Interim Director of the Oregon Lottery and has been appointed to the role permanently, pending confirmation by the Oregon Senate. The news was announced by Governor Tina Kotek.

The position is set to be confirmed in September.

Wells has held the Interim Director role at the Oregon Lottery since December 2022. Previously, he worked for the Oregon Lottery as the Assistant Director for Security & Compliance and as a Cyber Crime Manager.

Wells has also served as a police officer for Oregon State Police, as well as serving as a special agent for over a decade in the organized crime section of the Oregon Department of Justice and was a member of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force 

The Director serves as the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Oregon Lottery Commission and is responsible for the administration and management of the agency.

Speaking on Wells’ appointment, Governor Kotek said, "The Oregon Lottery funds critical state services like education, state parks, and veteran services. It is imperative that the director is an experienced leader who will champion transparency and accountability. 

“During his time at the Oregon Lottery, Michael has worked closely with staff, the Commission and stakeholders to lead with the highest standards of security and integrity.”

Well’s commented, “During my tenure as interim director, I’ve had the privilege of leading an exceptional team dedicated to ensuring the Lottery's ongoing support of its beneficiaries and key programs across our state.

“I appreciate Governor Kotek’s trust in my leadership and look forward to leading the work of the Oregon Lottery in funding critical programs that serve Oregonians."

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