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Ray Bates
Ray Bates

Mr Ray BATES, Honorary President EL President 1995 - 2001 and Former National Lottery Director AnPost

April 20 2008 -- Ray Bates was the public face of the National Lottery for the best part of two decades, joining the An Post subsidiary in 1987 after the initial chief executive, John Fitzpatrick, retired and steering its fortunes until June 2006. Since his retirement, he has been a consultant to the National Lottery and is currently almost two years into a three-year contract there. While in the top job at the National Lottery, Ray oversaw the launch of the weekly lotto games.
Ray is now "big in Greece'' where he is a consultant to the National Lottery there. He is also an adviser to Camelot, operators of the UK lottery and to the Swiss Lottery. The National Lottery in Ireland is highly regarded around Europe, he says.
Ray says he is now enjoying his retirement. "A friend mentioned a role I could take on recently and I stopped him, saying 'that sounds awfully like a job','' he jokes.
Expect him to be busy if UK proposals to hold a world lottery get off the drawing board.
He was president of the European State Lottery Association (EL) for six years, and served on the board of the World Lottery Association (WLA) for four years. During his time with the lottery, Ray was invited to advise the highest authorities on lottery affairs in many jurisdictions, including UK, South Africa, Ukraine, Sweden, Estonia and Malta.

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Ray Bates Wins World Lottery Award
DUBLIN, Ireland (November 7, 2008) -- Ray Bates, former head of the National Lottery, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at a global lottery industry conference in Greece..................Subscribers

Ray Bates to Leave Ireland's National Lottery
IRELAND (October 25, 2005) -- The Chairman of An Post National Lottery Company, Donal Curtin, announced today that National Lottery Director, Ray Bates, will leave the National Lottery in early 2006. After 40 years of public service, almost half of which................................Subscribers

National Lottery Director Resigning
DUBLIN, Ireland (October 25, 2005) – Ireland’s National Lottery Director, Ray Bates, will leave the National Lottery in early 2006 after almost 20 years, the Lottery's Chairman, Donal Curtin ....................Subscribers

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