Powerball Scandal: Is The Game Rigged? [Video]

Toni Matthews

The Powerball jackpot just hit $1.3 billion dollars. The previous jackpot was a record-breaker by itself, promising over 900 million to the lucky Powerball winner(s). But this? This new Powerball jackpot is in a league of its own.

For the first time in history, this game could crown a billionaire.

Needless to say, the excitement is at a fever pitch. Even people who otherwise dismiss the Powerball game as a "tax on the poor" are shrugging their shoulders, saying "one ticket couldn't hurt."

But beneath all of the excitement and imagined plans for one's life if they miraculously buy a winning ticket is a major scandal that almost everyone seems to be ignoring: That is, that multiple individuals are tied up in a Powerball fixing scandal.

— Ryan J. Foley (@rjfoley) December 23, 2015

Even more interesting, the Associated Press reports that Charles Strutt, the "executive director of the association since its 1987 founding," was stripped of his duties in October and placed on "indefinite leave" for his perceived failure to prevent the lottery-fixing shenanigans.

It's incredible when you think about it. You have a multi-year investigation into Powerball jackpot fixing that resulted in at least one man going to jail and a top man associated with the lottery game being booted out of his position....and yet no one seems to be waving any red flags.

This news hardly garnered any attention outside of the Washington Post. Knowing that people are capable of fixing the Powerball game and that there's quite possibly a method in place to keep it from being fair should make everyone save their money - or, at least, invest in a scratch-off ticket.

— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 28, 2015

Instead, they buy a Powerball ticket or two and dream about what they'd do if by some miracle they had the winning ticket. Then they return to their ordinary lives when someone else wins.

For those thrown by the scandal, they may choose to feel comforted by the repeated assurances of top lottery officials that Powerball drawings are "highly regulated." Pennsylvania Lottery spokesman Alan Zieglar said, "The Pennsylvania Lottery has developed high-standard protocols, which are modeled by lotteries across the United States and around the globe."

"By aggressively protecting the integrity of drawings, players are assured the fair outcome they expect and deserve."

— CBC News (@CBCNews) January 9, 2016

Did you know about the Powerball jackpot-fixing scandal? If so, will it interfere with your desire to try and win the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot? Share your thoughts below!

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