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Two Iowa Lottery executives leave on same day

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Two vice presidents of the Iowa Lottery, which has been struggling to match last year's record profits, departed on the same day last week, and Lottery President Terry Rich isn't saying why they left.

Molly Juffernbruch, who had been the lottery's general legal counsel, and Jack Schroeder, who had been vice president of operations and systems, both stopped working at the Iowa Lottery on Thursday, state officials confirmed.

Both had worked for the state-run lottery for about four years, and they each had an annual salary of $109,033, said Mary Neubauer, the lottery's vice president for external relations.

Rich declined to provide details about why Juffernbruch and Schroeder were no longer working for the Iowa Lottery, although he said they were nonmerit employees who were classified as key people who could be replaced at any time.

"This is a confidential, personnel matter, and under Iowa law it is there to protect both the person and the state of Iowa," Rich told The Des Moines Register. Neither was provided a settlement from state government, he said.

Neither Juffernbruch nor Schroeder could be reached for comment Tuesday.

Both will be replaced, Neubauer said, explaining their departures were not the result of a staff reorganization.

Iowa Lottery profits, which provide a boost to state government revenues, are down from a year ago, although they are beating historical trends and budget projections, Rich said.

For the nine months ending in March — the most recent month available — Iowa Lottery profits totaled $57 million, which was a reduction from $62.8 million for the same period a year earlier, although ahead of the five-year average of $52.4 million.

March sales were soft in comparison to those of March 2013, when Powerball had a record run and there were other positive sales trends, Rich said.

March 2014 also saw strong payouts, with several prizes of $100,000 or more taken home by Iowa Lottery players. This is not uncommon and averages out over the year, he said.

"It has been a solid year, a healthy year. We have ups and downs with our various jackpots. We anticipate not record but near-record numbers for the year," Rich said.

Profits have also been affected because the lottery made $1.5 million in building acquisition payments in March and April for its new Clive headquarters, Rich said. This was budgeted in year-end numbers and expected, he added.

Des Moines Register

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Posted: May 14, 2014, 10:15 am - IP Logged

This reminds me of what the CEO's of publically traded companies feel pressure wise having to always try to beat earning projections in order to boost their stock price. The state lotteries it appears is no exception, the states want more and more profit from their lotteries as well. As long as the Iowa lottery is turning a respectable profit that is all that should matter, but greed usually clouds the judgement.

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    Posted: May 14, 2014, 10:48 am - IP Logged

    Looks like Bonnie and Clyde are on the run with the profits in their 1934 Ford.

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      Posted: May 14, 2014, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

      Embezzlement?  Just asking.

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        Posted: May 14, 2014, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

        I bet they got caught in an extramarital affair.

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          Posted: May 14, 2014, 1:04 pm - IP Logged

          Generally, you see words like resigned or fired/terminated with employees at that level.  It sounds like they just stopped showing up to work one day.

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            Posted: May 14, 2014, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

            How very interesting. Shenanigans possibly?

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              Posted: May 14, 2014, 2:13 pm - IP Logged

              Maybe they got better job offers pretty crazy to walk away from $109,033 salary.... Lurking

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                Posted: May 14, 2014, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

                Sounds more like TTJASI....Thanks JohnnyThumbs Up

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                  Posted: May 14, 2014, 7:26 pm - IP Logged

                  Maybe they got better job offers pretty crazy to walk away from $109,033 salary.... Lurking

                  I agree Dallas. Or they are starting their own consulting firm. I bet they lived like kings on that salary in Iowa. The $ would not go too far on the east coast.

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                    Posted: May 14, 2014, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

                    There shouldn't be any secrets between government agencies and their employees.

                    The people should be told what happened there.

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                      Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Jack & Molly- a relationship straight out of romance novels. 

                      When two Men leave a company at the same time, no big deal. ..but add the opposite sex to the mix  and * The game is afoot Watson!

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                        Posted: May 14, 2014, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

                        Wonder what gives with the Two Iowa Lottery Executives? 

                        What?

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                          Posted: May 14, 2014, 10:20 pm - IP Logged

                          I Agree!  Ridge Runner!

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                            Posted: May 15, 2014, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                            Jack & Molly- a relationship straight out of romance novels. 

                            When two Men leave a company at the same time, no big deal. ..but add the opposite sex to the mix  and * The game is afoot Watson!

                            That's the first thing that came to mind, a man and woman leaving immediately the same day? Maybe they got caught doing some hanky panky in the drawing room.

                            Now a if it were two men, I don't even wanna think of all the possibilities...