Former Iowa Lottery employee charged for thefts
A former Iowa Lottery employee was arrested after an investigation found she stole lottery tickets from stores and a bar in the Fort Dodge area, according to officials and court records in the case.
Toni Hammer, 49, of Alta, was charged with seven counts of lottery fraud and one count of tampering with records. Hammer worked as a district sales representative in the lottery's Storm Lake office and was responsible for delivering tickets to stores, said Mary Neubauer, a spokesperson for the lot ...
Jun 1, 2014, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Man tries to cash in on 1,300 stolen lottery tickets
A construction worker brought 1,300 stolen Iowa Lottery tickets into the Quad-Cities and cashed them at several stops in the area before Bettendorf police caught up with him, police say.
Joshua Andrew Jorgensen, 31, was arrested Thursday and faces five felony charges related to illegal use of the lottery tickets. An investigation by the Iowa Lottery Commission and the Bettendorf Police Department showed the following trail of events, according to an affidavit in the case.
Jorgensen came in ...
May 23, 2014, 12:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery officials track down $1 million winner
Includes audio report
After six months of sleuthing, Iowa Lottery officials made contact with a man who'd won a $1 million Powerball prize back in November but didn't know it because he hadn't checked the ticket.
You've heard us say before that we want to see our prizes claimed when someone legitimately has won them, Lottery CEO Terry Rich said Monday. We hope that our work in this situation demonstrates that.
Richard Watson of Belton, Mo., claimed his $1 million prize Monday at lotte ...
May 20, 2014, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Two Iowa Lottery executives leave on same day
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 ...
May 14, 2014, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery no longer sharing Illinois Lottery drawings
State started conducting its own Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings Wednesday
Starting this week, it won't be share and share alike for Iowa Lottery players anymore.
Beginning Wednesday, April 16, Iowa Lottery players finally got their own Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery numbers. Iowa has been sharing Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers with Illinois since the games were introduced, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
The time of the drawings also changed slightly, as did the deadline by which players must purchas ...
Apr 17, 2014, 8:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners share their good fortune
In walked the Bondurant multimillionaires. She wore a sweatshirt, he a Chicago Bears jacket. They sat down and ate deli slices of ham with their hands off paper plates.
Mary Lohse hit the $202 million Powerball jackpot 18 months ago, the second-biggest lottery win ever in Iowa, which kept her husband, Brian, from hunger.
What's on your if-I-win list? Unhook the phone, run off and begin life as a full-time consumer?
The Lohses kept the same telephone number they've had for 14 years, beca ...
Mar 24, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Man wins $200,000 playing Pick 4
Wiley Tuley is a lucky, lucky man.
The retired electronics technician from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won $200,000 in Thursday's evening drawing of the Iowa Lottery's Pick 4 game.
Tuley actually won the game multiple times in the single drawing, which was why his prize was so large. He bought 14 tickets, with three plays per ticket. He played different combinations of the same four numbers 1, 9, 4, 3, his birth year for each of the plays. Those four numbers were all winners, which means he won a ...
Feb 21, 2014, 9:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins $1M in Powerball after playing same numbers for 20 years
A dedicated lottery player has won a $1 million Powerball prize after playing the same numbers every week for two decades.
Robert Winburn, 49, from Urbandale, Iowa, got his lucky numbers after assigning numbers to the letters of the alphabet and uses the corresponding numbers in his last name as his Powerball numbers.
Previously he had only ever won $100 in one drawing. But his luck changed on Saturday night after he bought a ticket from a gas station.
Winburn matched the first five num ...
Feb 19, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa and Minnesota lotteries kick off new multi-state game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win the prize by matching all of the numbers or none of them.
In the new game, called All or Nothing, players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. There are 10 different ways to win prizes by matching various numbers, but the top prize of $100,000 is won by matching either all the numbers drawn or none of them.
Tickets cost $1 each, and drawings are held t ...
Jan 28, 2014, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery jackpot probe heats up after immunity deal
Investigators trying to unravel the mystery behind a bogus claim for a $14.3 million multi-state Hot Lotto jackpot won in Iowa in 2011 have received valuable information from a man in Canada who was granted limited immunity, state officials said Tuesday.
A month ago, investigators traveled to Canada to conduct an interview after reaching an agreement in which a person of interest was promised the information given would not be used against him, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistan ...
Oct 8, 2013, 11:24 pm - Lottery News forum