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August 03, 2017


David: I can appreciate the ingenuity put into your theory, but in actuality, the money will be used for prizes in future Iowa Lottery games and promotions. And R.E., Pick 3 and Pick 4 both have better odds, if you want to check them out.

The Lotto game with the best odds, makes since as a business for YOU to end it, doesn't it

If there is any prize money in the jackpot pool that hasn't been awarded when the game ends, here in Iowa, we'll use our portion of that money as prizes in future lottery games and promotions, so it will go pay prizes-....interpretation....thanks suckers for letting us steal your money and using it to pay our lottery employees bonuses!!!

That money belongs in the pool until it's won-and not used at the Iowa lottery's discretion. Not only is the lottery so horrendously slanted toward the house-now the house keeps non-winning money. What a shameful and disgusting practice. You should be ashamed.

Thanks for the interaction here, everyone! It's always good to be part of a conversation. I'm glad to see from your comments how much you like lotto games. Hot Lotto certainly has had a good run, but as I noted in this blog entry, its sales have simply fallen off over time. When we see a product that has declined like that, it's a signal to us that we need to find a way to bring something new to the market. The concept of just leaving Hot Lotto out there for as long as it would take for the jackpot to be won may sound good in theory. But the whole idea in ending the game is so that a new game can be brought to the market. It's extremely difficult if not impossible to plan a new project and do all of the computer programming and preparations required for it here at the lottery with no certain timeframe in mind. And from that same perspective, what if the jackpot is won in the next drawing this Wednesday? Some might say we would need to end the game immediately then and other people would be mad that we ended it too quickly. :) We are working on new game ideas and will have further details to share soon.

why not play the game until someone wins the jackpot then stop game after october

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