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Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich answers your questions

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Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

Hi Terry!

I have heard from other state lotteries that two cornerstone ideals of a lottery are (1) to maintain the public trust in the lottery and (2) for winning tickets, ensure that payment goes to the legitimate ticket owner. From recent news events involving the Eddie Tipton case, it seems those ideals are also important to the Iowa Lottery. What additional things can lotteries do to ensure the integrity of the games and maintain the public trust? Are there any law or legislative changes that would help?

Those ideals are absolutely important to the Iowa Lottery. It's our job to stay one step ahead of those who would attempt to break the law. We can't speak for other lotteries, but here, we think it's important that we provide for separation of duties and functions within our organization; maintain multiple layers of security; publicly release the names of winners; and work closely with law enforcement if and or when any concerns are identified.

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    Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

    Hi, Terry:

    Welcome to our Club!

    My question is which pick up of the Jackpot should be the best if I got a JP

    for any lotto game? Why?

    As you know there are two Jackpot Prize Payment Options:

    as an annuity or cash payment in the bog lotto games.

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      Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

      Mr. Rich - what checks and balances are you putting in place to make sure that no one again has such unsupervised access to be able to breach the lottery securities?

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        Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

        Do you think there is a way to have winners scrutinized by lottery officials for authenicity and at the same time keep the winners names anonymous from the public?

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          Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

          Why do many state lotteries have relatively low ~50% prize payout for numbers games?

          Most numbers games I've come across top out around 55%-58%, such as PA Treasure Hunt and regional game Cash4Life, with the exception of Wyoming Lottery Cowboy Draw, which has a 68% prize payout - highest I've ever seen for any lottery numbers game.

          In contrast, instant tickets typically payout 60%-75%+ and sell very well. Higher paying numbers games, presumably, would too.

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            Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

            Well Terry I guess as a regular lotto player my concern is what is being done to insure the integrity of the games we play are not manipulated again ever. I think this opens the door to question all games including pick 3 and pick 4 games that a majority of players play pretty regularly.

            Here's an analogy to consider: If one person is the victim of credit card fraud, should all credit cards be thrown away and/or outlawed? Any equipment that Eddie Tipton programmed or built or even accessed is no longer in use here in Iowa. That is an important consideration for those concerned about game integrity. In addition, we have done our best to be transparent about what has occurred and to address the changes that have been made. If anything, this case is shining a valuable spotlight on the issue of lottery security, and that's a positive thing.

            Terry

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              Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

              Hello Mr. Rich,

               

              What are your thoughts on this.

              I recently bought a program for $60.00

              It shows how to win on the play 3 & 4 games.

              They way he explains it sounds pretty involved.

              I'm still preceding with it but at this point, 1-month later, I cannot see the results he is talking about.

              He does sound sincere.

              Thanks for your response.

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                Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                When the lottery does not award a jackpot for whatever reason, like in the Tipton case, shouldn't that jackpot be fully awarded to a second winner, if there are more that one winner, or simply added to the next jackpot amount, instead of telling us that it is going towards education, which nobody believes anyway?.

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                  Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:24 pm - IP Logged

                  Terry , what are your thoughts on playing the lottery online?

                  I assume you are referring to lottery purchases being offered by government-authorized lotteries via the Internet? In that instance, it's a matter of social acceptance and political palatability. It's a decision that will be made on a state-by-state basis. We don't currently offer Internet sales here in Iowa, although the lottery is authorized to do so. I believe decisions like that are up to elected officials to decide, with input from the public.

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                    Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

                    What ideas do you have as to ways to make the younger generation interested in playing the lottery more?

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                      Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Do you think the lottery ever when up 2 a billion dollars

                      I think you're asking whether there would ever be a lottery prize of $2 billion or more. There was a time when we couldn't have imagined a lottery prize as big as the Powerball jackpot is now. But things are functioning well with that game, and a lot of people are having fun dreaming about what they would do with the money. The odds say maybe, but not a huge chance...?

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                        Why was Iowa using Illinois' Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers? That stopped some time ago but I was always curious.

                        Our lottery shared numbers with Illinois for a number of years as a convenience. However, over time, players expressed that they wanted our lottery to have its own numbers, and we took steps to accomplish that. Our players here really seem to like and appreciate the change.

                        Terry

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                          Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

                          Good evening Mr Rich,

                          Before finding out about the scandal, I used to play Hot Lotto (with the sizzler) twice a week, every week. I won't reveal how much I was spending. I will just say it was a lot!

                          I feel extremely let down and cheated.

                          What are The Lottery Officials doing to re-gain public trust?

                          Have the stopped using computerized drawings yet?

                           

                          Thank-you!

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                            Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

                            Terry if you work at the lottery office in all states are the staff allowed to play lottery ???

                            In most states, lottery staff are not allowed to play lottery games within their own states. They usually can play the lottery in other states. The laws of the particular state where they live and work only apply to that state.

                            Terry

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                              What's been done to improve security?

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