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Cedar Rapids Man Elected To Lead Iowa Lottery Board For Second Time

Mike Klappholz Serves As Board Chair, Herman Richter Is Vice Chair

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man for a second time has been elected to lead the Iowa Lottery Board, the group that along with the chief executive officer oversees the state lottery.

Mike Klappholz was elected Friday by his fellow Lottery Board members to lead the Board for the next year. Klappholz, a retired Cedar Rapids chief of police who has served on the Board since 2006, also served as its chair in 2009.

Board members also elected Herman Richter of Milford as vice chair for the coming year. Richter is president of The Three Sons clothing store in Milford and a co-founder of the popular and mythical University of Okoboji.

Members of the Iowa Lottery Board establish policies and rules for the lottery’s operation, approve its budget, and along with Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich approve lottery contracts. Each department at the lottery reports to the Board at meetings held throughout the year.

State law specifies that the Iowa Lottery Board must meet at least quarterly and have as members an attorney admitted to practice law in Iowa; an accountant; a person who is or has been a law enforcement officer; and a person with expertise in marketing.

In addition to Klappholz and Richter, the other members of the Lottery Board are:

  • Deb Burnight of Sioux City, president and CEO of Burnight Facilitated Resources.
  • Mary Junge, a tax and estate-planning lawyer in Cedar Rapids.
  • Matt McDermott, an attorney from West Des Moines.
  • State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald, who serves as an ex-officio member of the Lottery Board.