HADDONFIELD, NJ – Carl Alexoff, 93, engineer, lottery pioneer, entrepreneur and Navy veteran, died at home on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Carl was born in Campbell in 1928. Carl’s life embodied the American dream. The son of immigrants, he graduated from Youngstown College, now Youngstown State University, as a member of his first engineering class in 1950. After graduating in electrical engineering, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Missouri. After the Officer Candidate School, he was stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River (PAX River) to serve on Electronics Test. He received a Naval Academic Fellowship to attend MIT, where he earned a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. While in the Navy and working on a classified project, he received his first patent on tracking moving targets from an airplane. At PAX River, Carl worked with John Glenn as a test engineer at Armaments Test. Carl left PAX River to serve in Washington, DC in the Office of Navy Aeronautics.
Carl has always said that after leaving the Navy he had two careers involving gambling: going to the moon and developing the lottery system. After Carl separated from the Navy, he joined the Aerospace Division of RCA (Camden NJ) in 1960 as a Program Director, then became Vice President of Sonex Inc. (Philadelphia), working on projects for The NASA. He received the NASA Award of Excellence for his contributions to the Apollo XI moon landing mission and the Project Ranger unmanned space project which mapped the surface of the moon in search of Apollo landing sites.
Later, during a career at Mathematica (Princeton, NJ), he played a major role in the introduction and growth of public lotteries in North America as vice president of operations and then president of its activities. world lottery. Mathematica introduced the first technique of using computer algorithms to randomize lottery numbers, a technique that has become the classic design of all lotteries today. While at Mathematica, Carl became Managing Director of Interlot, BV in the Netherlands, where he set up his European production facility. Carl left Mathematica to become founding president of Webcraft Games Inc. (N. Brunswick, NJ) in 1981. There he led major advancements in the production of instant lottery tickets, which has become the de facto standard in the industry. . Carl holds 10 patents on the design and methods of instant / online lottery play. His lottery career included starting the first 13 state lotteries, as well as operations in 26 states and 11 countries. Performing well into his 80s, he ended his career as an independent consultant and senior advisor to the gaming industry.
Carl was elected a full member of Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific research society dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering research, and was a licensed professional engineer in the NJ. A multi-faceted person, Carl wrote poetry and loved woodworking, golf and photography. He was a longtime Cleveland Indian fan and avid traveler. Carl was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Carl is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, David; and grandchildren, Nikolas and Jessica, and their spouses, Sally and Yair.
A memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, NJ will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carl Alexoff Scholarship Fund, Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502. You can also donate online at ysufoundation.org by clicking “Give Now” and putting “Carl Bourse Alexoff” in the Gift Details box.