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FYI: State Lotteries are NOT Random Drawings

FYI: State Lotteries are NOT Random Drawings

FYI: State Lotteries are NOT Random Drawings

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Ex-lottery worker who rigged winnings gets 25 years in prison Here in Iowa, this has been a big story for a long time now. Here's the TL;DR: Tipton worked for the Iowa Lottery, I believe in security. With his inside knowledge, he purchased some lottery tickets, then had confidants collect the winnings once the numbers were selected and they matched his entries. Everybody agrees that what he did was dishonest. He defrauded the other players of the game that was rigged, reducing the available funds for a jackpot. Yes, he deserves punishment. But here's the real question that nobody seems to be asking. If this man was able to rig an apparently random drawing, why should anyone trust the fairness of any lottery game? Or any gambling game of chance,…
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“Legal Fireworks” sung to the tune of “Feels Like the First Time”

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Now that the smoke has started to settle, I thought I would share my perspective on fireworks within the state of Iowa. Fireworks have not been legally accessible to Iowans since 1938. My daughter may be surprised, but that’s before I was born! And speaking of my birth, let me share with you that I was born in Missouri, a state that has allowed their residents the freedom to purchase and shoot off fireworks for as long as I know. I suppose that birthright and my upbringing in a rural area have combined into a scoffing at Iowa laws for most of my life. I have family living near Kansas City and frequent visits there marked my childhood. And with those visits, there were numerous stops at the fireworks retailers,…
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Getting the 4th off, but not the 5th???

Airing of Grievances
I know that I haven't exactly been faithful to my resolution for 2017, that being my desire to complain more. Well that changes right now, at least for one post. You see, I had to go to work today. On July the 5th. But I got all day off yesterday so I could... run errands. I'm not complaining about running errands mind you. I'm complaining about getting an illogical day off. Sure, Independence Day is a great day to remember my country's OG Brexit event. And to do so I could go to a local carnival. But let's get real. The municipal fireworks are the real main event of the national holiday and they don't happen during my 9-5 job. They start at least four hours after I would normally…
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