2008 Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Members
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Lottery and Honorary Chairman of the European Lotteries Association
Before joining the Irish National Lottery at its start-up in 1987, Ray Bates held a number of senior positions in the Irish Civil Service in the Ministries of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Public Service, and Social Welfare.
He was appointed Head of Computer Operations in the OECD, (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), based in Paris from 1980 until his return to Ireland in 1984.
He joined the National Lottery in 1987 as Head of Information Technology, and was appointed Irish National Lottery Director in 1989. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Lottery in November 1991. He led the Irish Lottery through 18 years of continuous growth and developed it into its position as a National Institution, much admired and respected by the Irish people. Under his careful and sensitive guidance, playing the National Lottery in Ireland has become a normal and accepted part of Irish life by all strata of society.
In 1995 he was elected President of the European State Lotteries and Toto Association for a four-year term, at the end of which he led a team that merged two European Lottery associations into a single unified body called European Lotteries (EL).
In 1999 he was elected as first President of the newly formed EL for a period of two years. In 2001 he was nominated as Honorary President of EL. From 2001 to 2006, Ray was an active member of the Executive Committees of EL and WLA.
Ray has been invited to advise the highest authorities on Lottery affairs in many jurisdictions, including United Kingdom, South Africa, Ukraine, Sweden, Estonia and Malta. He was a Member of the Irish Government’s Euro Changeover Board 2000 to 2002 and in the past has been a Member of the Council of the Irish Management Institute and the St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
He retired from his position as National Lottery Director in June 2003 and has since been engaged in consultancy work with a number of State Lottery Companies in Europe, as well as being engaged in committee, working group, seminar and conference activities under the auspices of EL and WLA.
Ray has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Economics & Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin.
William F. Behm
Consultant to Scientific Games Corp.
In his 30 years with Scientific Games, Mr. Behm has been involved in developing numerous technologies that have become the industry standard. He has been active in both marketing and research and development activities, including designing games, conducting demographic research, creating methods to print secure tickets, developing bar code technology, developing instant ticket validation hardware and software, and creating the on-line system and terminal designs.
While at Scientific Games, Mr. Behm was responsible for the company’s family of lottery terminals and devices. He developed, consulted and advised on new products, processes and security features for both the Systems and Printed Products groups. Recent examples include the company’s newest Lottery and Racing terminal families, Keyed Dual Security and the Scratch-to Cash and Orion keyless validation systems.
Additionally, Mr. Behm was responsible for the development of Scientific Games’ SciScan Technology validation hardware and software. He also collaborated on the development of Terra 2000, Scientific Games’ environmentally friendly, recyclable instant ticket.
Mr. Behm also developed Scientific Games’ bar code technology, making ink-jet printed bar coded tickets a reality, improved ticket security measures by developing secure printing inks and ink jet imager fonts, imaging systems and packaging software, conversion programs and audit programs for the production of computer-printed tickets. He worked on a team that developed Scientific Games’ original on-line system, including the central site, terminal and communications system technology, and collaborated on the development of new instant ticket testing techniques, many of which have become industry standards that are still used today. He was also involved in developing ZIP code-based demographical sales analysis of lottery products, which was the industry’s first use of cluster analysis demographics, and developed targeted direct mail programs for the Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania lotteries.
Before joining Scientific Games in 1978, Mr. Behm was employed by McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. and was involved in the design of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Space Shuttle, product diversification efforts and other advanced design projects.
General Secretary and
Vice President Legal Group, Loto-Quebec
Ms. Roiter has been the Secretary General and Vice President Legal Group for Loto-Quebec since 1996. Prior to that appointment, she was the Director of Legal Affairs for Loto-Quebec. Ms. Roiter’s contributions in those assignments include:
Ms. Roiter also presently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. She served in that role from 1996 to 1999 during which time Ms. Roiter was the lead on the Earth Fund Lottery case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. This case established for Canada’s provincial lotteries to have exclusive rights to implement Internet gaming in Canada.
Ms. Roiter has served as General Secretary of the Montreal Office—WLA (World Lottery Association) since 1999. Prior to that, she served as General Secretary to the predecessor of WLA, AILE. She was a member of the transition team for the dissolution of AILE and INTERTOTO and the creation of WLA. Additionally contributions include:
Prior to joining Loto-Quebec, Ms. Roiter was Director of Legal Affairs for Quebec Human.
Rights Commission ( 1984-1985); Corporate Secretary and Director of Legal Department, Legal Counsel – Quebec Automobile Insurance Board; and in private legal practice from 1973 to 1978. Ms. Roiter graduated from McGill University in Montreal and from the University of Laval with a Legal Degree with Distinction and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1972. Ms. Roiter received the Canadian Gaming Industry Award for Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution in 2008.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Scientific Games Corp.
John Walsh is a 27-year lottery industry veteran and one of the chief architects of
the Cooperative Services Program (CSP) concept, a performance-based business model in which a lottery supplier’s compensation is based on helping lotteries grow their sales and value added services. Recent successes in Italy and Germany have ignited global interest in CSP, long a proven business model among U.S. lotteries. China, additional German states and the Ukraine are the newest lottery jurisdictions to embrace its proven principles. Mr. Walsh has been instrumental in helping to lay the CSP foundations in each of these international jurisdictions.
The March 2008 launch of instant tickets in 31 provinces of the People’s Republic of China represents the largest CSP start-up in lottery history. In the first four months, instant sales were averaging $60 million per week at the 53,000 lottery retailer locations, with additional retailers being added daily.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Walsh joined Scientific Games in 1986 following a five-year stint with Control Data Corporation where, as an account representative, he managed the New York Lottery’s online sales support. This early-career experience gave him a deep understanding and appreciation for the connection between operations and logistics efficiency and a lottery’s sales and revenue success.
Between 1986 and 1993, Mr. Walsh was Scientific Games’ General Manager for the New York Lottery CSP. New York is the birthplace of the CSP concept. In 1987, he designed and implemented a courier-based manifest system, which today is the industry standard. He also designed, implemented and oversaw the telemarketing sales system for New York’s instant games as well as managed the Lottery’s vast and sophisticated instant game distribution system.
In 1993, Mr. Walsh was named Vice President, Cooperative Services. He would serve
in this leadership position for seven years, managing CSP start-ups in Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Maine, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arizona, West Virginia and the Virgin Islands lotteries.
During his 22-year career with Scientific Games, Mr. Walsh has actively participated in the development of several important international lottery markets, including the Philippines, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, Colombia, Italy, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Walsh was named Senior Vice President – Marketing and Operations in 2000, and is currently Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Services. Today, he focuses all of his time and energy on the development and enhancement of the intricate, interrelated components that comprise Cooperative Services, as well as on providing comprehensive operations support to the company’s expanding global base of CSP customers.
Mr. Walsh earned his B.S. degree in Marketing from Fordham University in New York. His athletic accomplishments include being named captain of Fordham’s National Invitation Tournament-qualifying basketball team in 1981.