Major Peter J. O'Connell Lottery Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of the Major Peter J. O'Connell Lottery Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2015 ceremony was held at Smart-Tech in New York City to honor Ms Gibbs, Ms Rose, and Ms Young Wilson

Margaret Gibbs, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

(above) Peg Rose Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation  

Congratulations to Ms Gibbs, Ms Rose, and Ms Young Wilson!!!




Major Peter J. O'Connell

Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to Recognize a Lifetime of Dedication which has Contributed

to the Great Success of Government Lotteries

Created in 1993 to honor Major Peter J. O’Connell, first director of the Rhode Island Lottery, recipients of this award have distinguished themselves over a long period of time and have made important contributions to the success of their peers and the lottery industry, as well as to the lotteries that they serve.  We are pleased and honored to announce the recipients of this award for 2015.  The ceremony honoring Ms. Gibbs, Ms. Rose, and Ms Young Wilson is being held at the PGRI Smart-Tech Conference in NYC.

Marty Gibbs

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Marty Gibbs joined the KLC in June 1993.  Her first job in the lottery industry came in Colorado, where she worked as director of operations at the start of the lottery there. She then went to the Hoosier Lottery in Indiana for four years as director of finance and administration.

In 1993, she accepted a job as Sr. VP Finance & Administration of the Kentucky Lottery. Just six weeks into her term, the governor demanded the resignations of all board members and the majority of management members due to a state auditor’s report which found conflicts of interest, questionable procurements and financial practices and abuse of expense accounts. Marty directly appealed to the governor – she had not been part of the problem, and wanted to be part of the solution. He in turn appointed her acting president, a position she held until the hiring of Arch Gleason as president & CEO August 31, 1993, that year.  Marty’s work in what was truly the darkest days of the Kentucky Lottery helped the organization not only survive but thrive, and she is widely credited with helping President Gleason and the KLC Board steer the ship through a crisis of public trust.

Shortly after his hiring, President Gleason promoted Marty to the position of Executive Vice President & COO. A few of her duties include overseeing all of the internal operations, finance and administration, security, information technology, sales and marketing and human resources. Marty has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Accounting.  She is also a certified public accountant.

Peg Rose, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Peg Rose started with the Rhode Island Lottery in 1988 when she was hired by then Lottery Director, Major Peter J. O’Connell.  Over the years, Peg was promoted into various positions including Executive Assistant, Administration Manager, and in 2005 became the Lottery’s first female Deputy Director.  Prior to joining the Lottery, Peg served as Special Assistant to the President and CEO of ITT Grinnell Corporation working in both Providence and New York City from 1974 to 1987.

Since joining the Lottery, Peg has been involved with every RFP and contract, written all of the Lottery’s Rules, Regulations, and Policies and Procedures, and  has headed up the Rhode Island Lottery’s Play Responsibly Program.  In that role, she is responsible for the oversight of the Lottery-sponsored Problem Gambling Helpline, works closely with the management of the two Lottery-operated Gaming Facilities, Lottery Retailers, and serves as the Lottery’s representative on the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling, the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the New England Consortium.

Director Gerry Aubin said, “As Deputy Director, Peg is an integral part of the Lottery’s senior management team and is known for her institutional knowledge and is the go-to person on all facets of Lottery operations.  Peg has a wealth of institutional Lottery knowledge and has the ability to recall and locate information on issues that occurred well over 25 years ago.  The concern is that someday she will retire and take all that knowledge with her”.

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

Wanda Young Wilson is an accomplished attorney with extensive marketing and business development experience.  She began her career in the lottery business in 1993 with the inception of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, where she served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for ten years.

In 2003, Wanda’s experience in public gaming and expertise in developing internal systems and controls took her to Tennessee, where she accepted the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel to the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. On January 20, 2004 the hard working team at the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets 21 days ahead of schedule. As a consequence, the Tennessee Lottery has received high acclaim as being one of most successful lottery launches in the history of the United States. In addition to her role as General Counsel in 2014 Wanda was named the lottery’s Chief Operating Officer.

Wanda has received several professional awards for her contributions to the public gaming industry, including being named one of the 50 most powerful African Americans in Tennessee and receiving the Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence from Corporate Counsel Women of Color.  Wanda currently serves on the Board of Directors of Purpose Preparatory Charter School in Nashville and is a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.  She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of the Music City Chapter of The Links, has served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is a founding member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.



Created in 1993 to honor Major Peter J. O’Connell, first director of the Rhode Island Lottery, recipients of the award have distinguished themselves over a long period of time and have made important contributions in the lottery industry. Following is a list of prior Award recipients (alphabetic sequence):

Major Peter J. O’Connell Lifetime Achievement Recipients

George Andersen - Deceased - Former Director, Minnesota Lottery; Former President NASPL, US

Ralph Batch - Deceased - Former Director, NJ, IL & DE Lotteries; First President NASL, US

Ray Bates - Former National Lottery Director, Irish Lottery, IRELAND

Daniel Bower - Co-founder of Scientific Games; , US

Margaret DeFrancisco, Senior Vice President/Pollard Banknote, Former President NASPL, Former President & CEO, Georgia Lottery, US

David Gale - Executive Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, US

Arch Gleason - President & CEO, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, US, Former President NASPL; Former President World Lottery Association (WLA)

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission, President of NASPL, US

Rebecca Paul Hargrove -- President & CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery; Sr. Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA); Former President, NASPL; Former CEO/Director of Florida, Georgia and Illinois Lotteries, US

Clint Harris - Former Executive Director, Minnesota State Lottery, Former President NASPL, US

James Hosker - Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Lottery + GTECH Executive, Former President, NASPL, US

James Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive of Lottery, Scientific Games, US

Connie Laverty O'Connor, Chief Customer Officer, GTECH; CEO, GTECH Indiana;Former COO, Georgia Lottery; Former Dir. Marketing, Sales, NY Lottery, USA

Cluny Macpherson - Former President, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CANADA

Garth Manness - Former President, Ontario Lottery Corporation, CANADA

John Musgrave,  Executive Director, West Virginia Lottery, US

Reidar Nordby Jr. - Former President &CEO, Norsk Tipping, NORWAY

Jim O'Brien, Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Scientific Games; Former Director of Marketing of the Massachusetts State Lottery, US

Major Peter J. O-Connell - Former Executive Director, RI Lottery, US

John Pittman, Vice President of Marketing, Intralot, US

Vic Poleschuk, Former President and CEO of British Columbia Lottery Corp, CANADA

Edward Powers - Deceased - Director of First Modern US Lottery, New Hampshire, US

Buddy Roogow, Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery, Former President of NASPL, Former Director of the Maryland Lottery

Jim Scroggins - Former Director of the Oklahoma Lottery, US

Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President, LINQ3; Former President of NASPL; Former CEO New Mexico Lottery; Former Executive Director North Carolina Education Lottery; Former Executive Vice President, Georgia Lottery US

Guy Simonis - Former President, British Columbia; Former President, NASPL; Former President, World Lottery Association (WLA), CANADA

Dr. Edward Stanek - Former President & CEO, Iowa Lottery Authority, Former President NASPL, US

Charles Frost Strutt - Executive Director, MUSL, US


J. Bret Toyne, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Ed Trees, Regional VP Sales, Printed Products, Scientific Games; Former Director Pennsylvania Lottery, US

James Wimsatt - Former Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, US

*Stephen Wynn - CEO, Wynn Resorts, Nevada, US 

Jerome Young - Deceased -Vice President, IGT, US

Mark Zamarripa - Former Director, Colorado Lottery, US

Greg Ziemak - Former Director, Connecticut and Kansas Lottery, Former President NASPL, US