Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named former Montana Lottery Director Angela Wong as Director of Lottery Solutions.
Wong is now the central point of contact for lotteries. “I work with lottery clients, lottery suppliers and technology vendors as an essential resource to facilitate end-to-end success. In addition, I work to identify technical business challenges that face GLI and develop strategies for engagement to serve any lottery-related needs.”
Wong served as the Montana Lottery Director for 10 years. “It was an exciting time, because technologies and consumer preferences were both evolving, and we were able to engage with lottery players in new and fun ways. I was also honored to serve as NASPL president and as vice president of MUSL. Now at GLI, I get to use that experience, combined with GLI’s deep bench of technical and regulatory experience, to help lotteries all over the world,” said Wong.
This is an exciting and dynamic time for lotteries as the industry expands its product portfolio and regulatory roles. “Lotteries have done an excellent job of evolving in a challenging time, as they have adapted to consumer behaviors and habits by continuing to expand and innovate. They are also consistently working toward optimizing game portfolios and lottery modernization initiatives. With new opportunities and growth in complexity and features of lottery technology, comes the need for rigorous security measures to ensure it is properly executed and controlled,” she explained.
What Wong loves about being at GLI is the company serve thousands of lotteries, regulatory agencies, related equipment vendors and services providers globally.
“We are involved in all sorts of technologies at various phases of their development and deployment. This allows us to help our lottery clients navigate the changing landscape and leverage new opportunities created by emerging technology and new delivery channels because we are working with the technologies every day,” said Wong.
In terms of key technical and business challenges facing the global lottery community, Wong noted it will vary across the different lottery jurisdictions.
“We have seen an accelerated development of innovation in the lottery industry, and with the increase in this digital connectivity comes additional layers of vulnerability,” said Wong. “That will require lotteries, and indeed the gaming industry as a whole, to step up our game, get absolutely serious about cybersecurity, and deploy the best defenses available. Security and integrity are a never-ending initiative, and GLI’s Bulletproof division is a world-class source for cyber defenses.”