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Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich answers your questions

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Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

PLAYER SAFETY!!!. Why are the lotteries still broadcasting winners info regardless of risk. Shouldn't MUSL and other lotteries give the player the option of anonymity? They investigate the winners anyway, so what's the the justification in publishing winners info. The lottery does not need winners per se for publicity. Just look at what PB is doing this week.

Whew! Can't believe we're 40 minutes in! This has gone fast! I think the long-running lottery jackpot investigation shows why it is important for lottery winners' information to be made public. Iowa law has always required release of lottery winners' information. To our understanding, lawmakers put that requirement in place as a security mechanism designed to ensure that real people -- and not lottery insiders -- were winning lottery prizes. We think the system has functioned well and we do our best to make prize claims a really fun event for our winners. We just had a $1 million winner here today and we celebrated with him and sent him home with an oversized check and a bunch of Powerball swag. It was great to meet him.

Terry

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    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.

    You said ball drawings have been compromised.  Other than a machine malfunction where the balls go flying  into the air, how is that possible. Can you elaborate? Also, is that why the lotteries have so many pretests before the actual draws?

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      Chief Todd Northrop has been very instrumental in educating the masses worldwide, about the intricasies and complexities involved with the lottery. How much attention do you guys pay to USAMEGA/LOTTERYPOST?. If not why not? You guys should have somebody devoted to surfing  USAMEGA/LOTTERYPOST at least one hour a day. It is that important.

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        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

        The odds are the same for every ticket sold, no matter where you live, where the ticket was purchased or how the play was made, meaning easy pick vs. picking your own numbers. It is true that there are more people playing in states with larger populations, but that's simply because more people live there. It doesn't mean they're luckier. Small, large, urban, rural, it all averages out over time. Here in Iowa, we're a small state within the Powerball system, but we're actually ahead of the curve when it comes to winnings compared to population. So, we'll take it.

        Terry

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          Mr. Rich,

          To follow-up on my previous concern about RNGs, is the cost savings for using them worth losing the public trust, when the system is rigged?  Third follow-up question what made your officials first suspect EddieTipton?  The fox guarding the hen-house, so to speak? Did he suddenly start flashing some bling?

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                Why do some states let you see the pre test results and other states do not...?

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              Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:50 pm - IP Logged

              Good evening, 

              What is the probability of this ever happening again and most importantly are there measures put 

              in place so this does not happen in any more states

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                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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                That does it! I'm yelling at the drawing equipment from now on! Your description is great! Seriously, many drawings aren't televised because there are so many of them. This forum shows the likes and dislikes of different types of draws, and we appreciate that input. It's important to know that those of us who administer lotteries are committed to having games that are fair, regardless of how they are drawn. And we hope the games are still fun and you can still do lots of yelling.

                Terry

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                  I want to congratulate you and Chief Todd Northrop for doing a fantastic job. Much success in the future to both of you. Have a great year!!!.

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                    Terry Rich, Thank You for answering our questions even if they were not about security.

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                      Posted: January 11, 2016, 8:52 pm - IP Logged

                      Is RNG computer source code and detailed hardware specifications available to the public?

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

                        Hi, SQL-MAN. We appreciate your question, but this is one that we really can't comment on due to the ongoing investigation. We believe that the details of his background and the work that he did at the Multi-State Lottery Association will come up during his next trial, which is scheduled for July.

                        Terry

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                          Good evening Terry. Thanks for being with us tonight.

                          Do you ever see Mega millions and Powerball merging into one national lottery?

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                            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!

                            Mr Rich,

                            I do not see where you have answered my question. I realise  that you are being bombarded with a lot of questions all at once.

                             

                            I will wait patiently for your reply.

                            Thank-you!

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                              Is RNG computer source code and detailed hardware specifications available to the public?

                              Um, no.

                              Terry

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