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August 23, 2019


Hi, Pam. Thank you for reaching out. Your question actually is incorrect. Winning tickets in our games are randomly distributed so that not even we know where the next big winner will hit. It's a security feature that has always existed in lottery games to prevent just the kind of manipulation you described. It was random luck that there were two winners in Ridgeway. And as I noted in this blog post, the winning tickets involved were purchased in two different communities. One was purchased in Decorah and the other was purchased in Ridgeway.

The lottery decided where to put winning tickets, the question is why do you do that?

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