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Memo: Iowa Lottery kept selling games after security warning

Aug 1, 2018, 2:27 pm

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A newly unsealed memo shows the Iowa Lottery kept marketing four popular games despite an August 2015 warning from its security chief that their integrity was compromised.

The memo was written following the trial of Eddie Tipton, who was convicted of rigging a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $16 million.

Steve Bogle, its vice president of security, recommended that the lottery immediately suspend sales of Hot Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, and All or Nothing. He told CEO Terry Rich, "we cannot allow the citizens of Iowa to continue playing these games."

Bogle's recommendation followed an independent audit of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which ran the games using random number generators.

Less than two months after the warning, Lottery Post reported that Tipton had been rigging multiple lottery games that used MUSL's computerized drawing system for years. (See HOT LOTTO DRAWING CHEAT CHARGED WITH RIGGING MORE JACKPOTS, Lottery Post, Oct. 9, 2015.)

The audit remains secret. But Bogle's memo says it identified a lack of security protocols and oversight that undermined their integrity.

A lottery spokeswoman says Rich rejected Bogle's recommendation after speaking with the audit's author, who said there were potential vulnerabilities but no evidence of ongoing manipulation.

The memo became public after a judge granted The Des Moines Register's request for its release in an ongoing lawsuit.

Timeline of the biggest crime in US lottery history

The following is a compilation of Lottery Post news coverage chronicling the Hot Lotto mystery and subsequently discovered crime.

We start the timeline with a news story indicating that only 3 months remained for the $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot to be claimed.

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AP, Lottery Post Staff

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Chasing $ Millions.
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It just goes to show that people who run the business of selling lottery tickets to the general public, simply don’t care. Something has “ to happen” to stop them in their tracks before taking action.Let’s blame Eddie, why? Because we do not want to accept responsibility for doing what we should have done at the very beginning.Bang Head

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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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    Simpsonville
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    Sounds like they tried to get the horses back in the barn after someone left the gate wide open.

     

    Game Show Network ran excellent story on Tipton & his Brother; if it ever airs again be sure to watch it.


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      Well the first sentence explained it all and why. "Iowa Lottery kept marketing four popular games"

       

      I am shocked, just shocked, that a corporation would keep selling an unsafe product just to increase profits!

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        Maryland
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        Sounds like they tried to get the horses back in the barn after someone left the gate wide open.

         

        Game Show Network ran excellent story on Tipton & his Brother; if it ever airs again be sure to watch it.

        YES it was a good story.  You are the first person to mention that story, thought I was the only one on LP who saw it.

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          Chicago
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          If I recall correctly, Pick 3 and Pick 4 had the same drawings for both Illinois and Iowa around this time.  If Iowa was affected, Illinois was

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            Zeta Reticuli Star System
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            If I recall correctly, Pick 3 and Pick 4 had the same drawings for both Illinois and Iowa around this time.  If Iowa was affected, Illinois was

            Iowa was using Illinois' numbers then, not separate drawings.

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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              Chicago
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              You are right Coin Toss. The practice stopped April 16, 2014 when Iowa started using its own drawings for the two games   I read on their  web site  that Iowa  Pick 3 and pick 4 used illinois drawings continuosly  since 1998 and 2003 respectively