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Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich answers your questions

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Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

With hackers getting into secure computer equipment how can you satisfy the public on their fear of further tampering of computerized drawings? Always reading in the news of some system including government being hacked into. Even if it could be done by radio signals.

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    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.

    Though I, and many other LP'ers, understand the savings involved with utilization of RNG's, there is also a wide understanding of programming.  Parameters must be manually manipulated to simulate randomness.  Thus the ability of the Tipton case to exist.  With use of RNG's this will always be an ability and predominant concern; though unlikely, still a possibility.  If the use of halogen lottery machines dramatically increases trust in the lottery amalgamation, albeit at a proportionately slight increase in expense, why not use them?

      I'm feeling a jackpot win coming my way!

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      Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

      Hi Terry, thank you for taking the time out to answer our questions, I would like to know is it  true that the larger states have a better change a hitting the jackpot than the smaller state, or middle class area versus low income areas, I understand that the larger amount put out the better your chances are, if this is the case then why should the smaller states, middle income areas or low income areas waste their money playing, what do you think, does everyone really have a fair chance of hitting the jackpot, like the powerball that is now 1.3 billion, will the winner be the states who brought in the most profit

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        Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

        Hello Mr. Rich, 

        Even if RNGs and ball-drawing equipment have their vulnerabilites, as you've noted, the ball-drawing machines offer the player a modicum of interaction by watching each ball dribbling out of the chute, anticipating the next ball, then talking to the machine to display their desired number and utimately shouting out the next number, even if that ball was different; and the players ticket did not match.   This is much more fun than computer generated digits that simply flash numbers.  Why would any lottery official want to remove the "fun" factor for the player because RNGs are easier to maintain?  For whom is the lottery targetted, the players or the lottery officials?

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          Hi Terry,
          This has not been the first problem with computer draws (see Tennessee.) Even though every time a computer system gets hacked, whether credit cards, banks, hospital etc. there is always the promise of better security and the promise that everything will be done to prevent it from happening again. But it always does. That being said, why don't the states all go back back to mechanical draws? NOBODY here on LP trusts computer draws. If they want to maintain the integrity of the game it seems ball draws are the only way to go.

          I understand your concern. There have been instances, however, where both ball-drawing equipment and RNGs have been compromised. The critical issue, as you have referenced, is having the security and integrity measures in place to protect against wrong-doing. Someone will always be trying to beat the system, and lotteries constantly have to make improvements to guard against that. The breach of trust in the lottery jackpot investigation stems from the actions of those who apparently were willing to risk the consequences of committing fraud in an attempt to secure a lottery prize.

          Terry

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            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.

            Was Eddie Raymond Tipton a former computer programmer?  Is it a common practice to hire computer programmers to oversee lottery operations?

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              Please explain random number generators. NC has an All or Nothing game. You select 12 numbers out of 24. Nearly every draw is six off or six  even numbers.  Hardly seems random. 

              Thank you for being with us tonight.

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                It's clear that transparency is not so easy with Computer Generated Numbers.

                Given the virtual nature of the Computer Generated Numbers, what can be done to gain the trust of your lottery customers?

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                   Do you know if this Power Ball draw will be held somewhere special?   When I win it I intend to only play ball draws no computerized ones. Thank You Terry

                  The Powerball drawing has been held at special events all around the country through the years, including state fairs, festivals and rodeos. It takes an incredible amount of security and equipment to move the drawing to another location. Wednesday night's drawing will occur at the Powerball drawing studio in Florida. Can't wait to see if there is a winner!

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                      Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

                      Hello Mr. Rich

                      I play NC lottery , i want to know does the lottery have a certain amount it is going to pay out each draw and if so is that why my number always appear in the pre draws.

                      and if so are the particular day in which it pays out more than other days.

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                        I have been playing the lottery for 30+ years. While I do not post, I do come to LotteryPost for info on the lottery, results, and to read the forums. The Q&A with you did peak my interest enough to login and ask a few questions directly. Can you encourage other lottery officials or directors to do the same as you did here on LotteryPost? Keeping things transparent is the first step to repair the trust with the public.

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                          Hello Mr. Rich,

                          Welcome, How did you hear about Lottery Post?  Do you have a social media department dedicated to monitoring player strategies? Will the $100,000 cash game comeback or another Cash 5 type game? Thanks.

                          We've followed Lottery Post for a long time now. It's fun to see the conversations and excitement that people have here. We have a social media staff who do a good job of staying on top of posts and updates. The All or Nothing game replaced Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game and we don't have plans at this time to bring back a cash 5 game. But we always appreciate input and will keep your comment in mind. And I really mean it.

                          Terry

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                            Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

                            Hi Mr Rich.  I want to know if each state lottery is required to have x number of dollars on hand to pay million dollar prizes won in their state from Megamillions and/or Powerball.  If so, how much is required?  If not, how much does your state keep on hand.  We're all curious at what point does the second prize go paramutuel.

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                              Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

                              Hi Terry how are u , Do u think one day  multi- states can start playing online p3 and p4

                              have u ever talk about it ?

                               

                                 


                                                 

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