Wells has led the Oregon Lottery as interim director since December 2022. His appointment to the full-time position comes with the approval of Oregon governor Tina Kotek.
A long-serving member of the Oregon Lottery team, Wells joined as cybercrime manager in April 2019. He went on to become assistant director for security before his spell as interim Oregon Lottery director.
Prior to this, Wells worked as a special agent for the organised crime section of the Oregon Department of Justice. He was also a task force officer on the FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force.
In addition, he previously served on the Public Safety Fund Memorial Board, Police Policy Committee and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Committee.
Oregon Lottery needs “experienced leader”
“The Oregon Lottery funds critical state services like education, state parks and veteran services,” Kotek said. “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.”
Wells added: “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 programmes across our state.
“I appreciate Governor Kotek’s trust in my leadership. I look forward to leading the work of the Oregon Lottery in funding critical programmes that serve Oregonians.”