M. Mark Michalko, 31, is favored for the job of California lottery director, according to state Lottery Commissioner Laverta Montgomery, who interviewed candidates for the position.
Michalko, who is considered an expert in computerized "on-line" lottery gaming, began his career with the Ohio Lottery Commission in 1977 as a 23-year-old graduate of Cleveland's John Carroll University, according to the commission's public information director, Anne Bloomberg. He worked as a legal aide researching contracts and other legal matters while attending Cleveland Marshall School of Law.
According to Bloomberg, Michalko's salary is in the $25,000 to $30,000 range, less than half the salary to be paid California's lottery chief. Some out-of-state lottery officials considered the California salary too low to apply for the director's job.