Personal Tribute to Jim Hosker from Ray Bates


24 May 2020

Jim Hosker was my mentor and good friend.

When I joined the lottery family in 1987 I, like many others in that position, knew little or nothing about lotteries. So, I searched around for a world expert and discovered one James J Hosker Director of Massachusetts State lottery. I made contact and asked could I come and visit. I got an immediate yes and spent one amazing and seminal week in Boston learning all there was to know about the lottery business from Jim and his first lieutenant Tom O Hehir.  We three were bonded by a mutual love of Ireland and an even greater love of Macanudo cigars.

Since that time, Jim has been a constant in my business and personal life.


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