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Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations

Hot LottoHot Lotto: Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations

Attorneys gave their closing arguments Friday in the fraud case against a former lottery vendor employee accused of manipulating a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket.

Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. He has been accused of buying the winning Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. Tipton was defined by Iowa law as a prohibited player in his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, or MUSL.

Tipton has also been accused of using a self-deleting rootkit to rig the game in his favor. The prosecution claims Tipton enlisted the help of other people in an attempt to claim the prize, which never was awarded because of Iowa Lottery's security protocols.

Witness testimonies began in the case Tuesday and ended Thursday. On Friday morning, Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand and defense lawyer Dean Stowers gave their closing arguments to the jury.

The crime was a "21st century inside job," Sand said. He argued that it's not a coincidence "he bought it, won the jackpot, that it was record jackpot for the Hot Lotto game, that the Hot Lotto game is the biggest (random number generating) game that MUSL has and it was a manual play ticket."

"Those things are not coincidences. They are clues in a set of circumstances that assists you in proving the defendant guilty as charged on both accounts," Sand said.

The prosecution has accused Tipton of installing a rootkit onto a random number generating computer in the draw room at MUSL when he was in the room to change the clock on the computer Nov. 20, 2010.

Tipton stuck a USB drive into the computer and installed a rootkit that manipulated the draw, the state says. The rootkit then self-destructed without a trace.

The prosecution claims Tipton bought the winning ticket Dec. 23, 2010, and then drove to Texas. Investigators claim Tipton passed on that ticket to his friend, Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugarland, Texas. Rhodes was arrested by Texas police on two counts of fraud March 20.

The winning ticket then made its way into the hands of Philip Johnston, a man who lives in Canada, according to the prosecution. Johnston tried to claim the ticket, but Iowa Lottery officials refused because Johnston didn't match the description of the man seen buying the winning ticket.

Crawford Shaw, a New York lawyer, received the ticket and contacted Julie Johnson McClean, an attorney at Davis Brown Law Firm in Iowa. Johnson McClean represented Hexham Investments Trust when it attempted to claim the Hot Lotto prize through Shaw, as the trustee of Hexham, about an hour before the ticket was set to expire in 2011.

Lottery officials again refused to award the prize because the purchaser of the ticket never stepped forward. Johnson McClean said in court that she had spoken to both Johnston and Shaw but never the trust's primary beneficiary.

"At the end of this whole story, somebody doesn't want to be known," Sand said. "Somebody doesn't want to be conected to it. They don't want their identity revealed."

Tipton's co-workers and friends testified Tipton was the man shown buying the winning ticket. DCI investigators also found bank and phone records indicating Tipton was in the Des Moines area Dec. 23, 2010. Phone records further showed several phone calls between Tipton and Rhodes in November and December 2010.

Sand reminded the jurors how their jury instructions said they can make deductions and reach conclusions based on common sense and reason. The law does not make a distinction between direct evidence and circumstantial evidence, which is evidence about a chain of facts showing the defendant is guilty or not guilty.

The facts given in the case all lead to one explanation, Sand said.

"The explanation is the defendant is guilty as charged in this 21st century inside job," Sand said.

The state's argument lacks evidence and is based on speculation, Stowers said during his closing argument. Stowers talked about how the burden of proof lies with the state and Tipton is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

It is not a criminal offense for a prohibited player, like Tipton, to buy a lottery ticket under Iowa law. The state needed to prove for the first fraud count that Tipton passed the lottery ticket or attempted to redeem it with the specific intent to defraud.

If jurors have a reasonable doubt that Tipton bought the ticket, then "I would just suggest your deliberations are essentially at an end and you must return a verdict of not guilty," Stowers said.

Tipton's three siblings testified the man shown in the security footage was not Tipton. They said in court that the ticket's purchaser was smaller than Tipton and also appeared to have a beard, which they said Tipton did not.

Stowers reminded jurors of photos that showed a clean-shaven Tipton before and after the date the prosecution says he bought the ticket.

The state provided just speculation, not proof, that Tipton passed on the ticket with the intent to defraud, Stowers said. He described it as "just a guessing game."

"We're supposed to fill in these big gray areas," Stowers said.

For the second fraud count, the state needed to prove the defendant "intentionally tampered with a computer that housed the random number generator program for the Hot Lott prize" and "that computer was lottery equipment," according to jury instructions. The prosecution also needed to prove Tipton intended to influence the winning of the Hot Lotto prize.

Stowers described how the state presented no forensic evidence from the computer that showed the machine had been tampered with.

"If you're in that gray area, that uncertain zone — we're not sure what the facts are, we still don't know, this is still a mystery — then they haven't proven their case," Stowers said. "If you're in that position, folks, that is the definition of a reasonable doubt and if you're there, and I think you're there on this case, on this evidence, then you have to do two things: return the two verdict forms that say not guilty."

Closing arguments ended shortly before noon. The case was then turned over to the jury for deliberations. Jurors adjourned for the day at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. They will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday.

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mypiemaster's avatar - 2015021003pileofcash
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I hate to be this guy. They might just throw him under the bus, just to make a statement to other potential cheaters. JUST ABOLISH RNG OR ANY OTHER FORM OF COMPUTER DRAWS AND THIS PROBLEM WILL MOST LIKELY GO AWAY.

Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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    "he bought it, won the jackpot, that it was record jackpot for the Hot Lotto game ... "

    Tipton really must be a genius to have known weeks ahead of time that it would be a record jackpot.

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      To view/download combinations found in the Hot Lotto Game - Go To - https://app.box.com/s/0dsuurqotqlzwqu9ce0n

      Please advise of any questions and/or problems.

      Good Luck & Best Wishes To ALL .................................................

      P.S.  I, for one, do not like any game that is run by a RNG.

      As for the Hot Lotto Game Here are my 49 Groups  (Grps).

      CntDATE1 2 3 4 5 HBGrps
      1 2013-05-1512 13 14 37 42 16 1
      2 2013-06-085 12 14 37 44 12 1
      3 2013-08-314 12 14 32 44 17 1
      4 2014-05-102 4 8 10 32 7 1
      5 2014-12-274 10 16 32 44 14 1
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      6 2013-07-318 16 42 45 47 12 2
      7 2013-10-0516 28 42 46 47 13 2
      8 2013-11-308 10 15 16 42 12 2
      9 2014-01-0416 20 26 28 42 15 2
      10 2014-01-255 15 35 39 42 4 2
      11 2015-04-0415 16 39 42 47 5 2
        *************             
      12 2013-09-143 13 17 29 32 7 3
      13 2013-10-195 13 17 31 32 16 3
      14 2014-10-153 10 13 21 32 7 3
      15 2014-11-123 10 13 31 34 13 3
        *************             
      16 2013-09-189 28 33 40 46 19 4
      17 2013-10-2333 37 40 45 46 11 4
      18 2014-02-1518 24 27 37 45 3 4
      19 2014-09-1316 18 37 45 46 2 4
        *************             
      20 2013-07-274 5 33 36 47 9 5
      21 2013-11-064 19 30 33 47 15 5
        *************             
      22 2013-11-1310 23 32 36 38 3 6
      23 2013-11-1610 23 24 36 45 1 6
      24 2015-04-186 16 23 36 45 14 6
        *************             
      25 2013-08-288 12 19 23 30 6 7
      26 2013-11-2011 12 19 30 40 2 7
      27 2014-06-0411 19 30 41 47 11 7
      28 2014-08-3019 21 23 29 30 15 7
        *************             
      29 2013-11-275 16 21 30 44 17 8
      30 2014-02-015 16 29 30 34 17 8
        *************             
      31 2013-07-2016 24 28 32 45 2 9
      32 2013-12-0716 24 35 41 45 18 9
      33 2014-05-145 16 31 32 45 4 9
      34 2015-02-185 10 12 16 45 15 9
        *************             
      35 2013-11-0217 30 31 33 39 4 10
      36 2013-12-145 9 30 31 39 2 10
        *************             
      37 2013-08-249 24 40 41 42 9 11
      38 2013-12-2517 24 25 29 42 6 11
      39 2014-01-2924 25 30 40 42 2 11
      40 2014-08-279 24 28 39 41 2 11
        *************             
      41 2013-08-141 12 16 20 34 11 12
      42 2014-03-1216 20 27 32 34 15 12
      43 2014-05-0311 16 20 22 27 18 12
      44 2014-05-2812 16 17 20 36 14 12
      45 2014-06-251 3 20 29 34 14 12
      46 2014-08-169 10 16 17 20 13 12
        *************             
      47 2014-03-292 16 17 23 46 4 13
      48 2014-04-265 16 17 23 47 9 13
        *************             
      49 2013-08-032 4 29 38 41 7 14
      50 2014-02-0515 29 38 44 46 3 14
      51 2014-04-094 15 29 38 39 2 14
      52 2015-01-174 29 39 40 43 17 14
      53 2015-02-2113 29 40 42 43 12 14
        *************             
      54 2013-06-1919 34 39 44 47 3 15
      55 2014-05-0731 34 39 41 44 8 15
      56 2015-01-2111 19 34 37 39 4 15
        *************             
      57 2014-03-261 6 23 37 46 13 16
      58 2014-05-177 22 23 37 46 12 16
        *************             
      59 2013-09-1125 27 34 37 43 15 17
      60 2014-06-0714 27 34 37 41 5 17
      61 2014-08-2017 25 27 34 38 7 17
      62 2014-11-158 10 17 25 27 8 17
        *************             
      63 2013-06-1218 22 28 30 39 18 18
      64 2014-06-146 18 22 38 39 2 18
      65 2014-10-016 18 26 39 47 7 18
        *************             
      66 2014-01-223 6 12 15 22 17 19
      67 2014-06-186 12 14 15 40 3 19
        *************             
      68 2014-02-266 12 24 33 36 7 20
      69 2014-06-216 12 29 36 47 4 20
      70 2015-06-172 6 10 12 47 16 20
        *************             
      71 2013-08-107 17 23 33 35 4 21
      72 2014-07-028 23 33 35 38 4 21
      73 2014-07-0517 23 25 35 37 19 21
      74 2015-07-0117 23 29 30 33 15 21
        *************             
      75 2013-10-2612 18 32 41 42 10 22
      76 2014-07-127 32 36 41 42 2 22
      77 2014-08-023 12 18 19 32 15 22
        *************             
      78 2013-06-059 11 25 44 47 2 23
      79 2014-07-1615 18 25 44 47 12 23
      80 2015-05-309 11 18 40 47 16 23
        *************             
      81 2014-01-085 9 10 15 33 4 24
      82 2014-07-195 10 11 33 38 7 24
        *************             
      83 2013-10-167 9 15 36 37 4 25
      84 2014-07-234 9 15 31 36 4 25
      85 2015-04-229 15 33 37 44 16 25
        *************             
      86 2013-06-2910 32 39 45 46 3 26
      87 2013-10-124 14 28 39 46 2 26
      88 2013-12-188 27 32 40 46 4 26
      89 2014-07-308 23 32 39 46 15 26
      90 2015-01-106 8 23 28 39 7 26
      91 2015-04-112 4 23 28 39 11 26
        *************             
      92 2014-04-3013 25 37 39 44 7 27
      93 2014-08-1313 22 37 44 45 12 27
      94 2014-10-0421 36 37 44 45 3 27
        *************             
      95 2013-10-305 18 28 40 42 12 28
      96 2014-04-235 7 11 18 37 2 28
      97 2014-05-245 7 31 35 38 13 28
      98 2014-09-105 7 18 31 41 4 28
      99 2014-11-015 18 27 31 42 18 28
      100 2014-12-135 21 32 35 38 8 28
      101 2015-04-085 6 8 18 42 12 28
      102 2015-05-095 13 21 32 36 4 28
        *************             
      103 2013-07-1721 30 36 38 39 8 29
      104 2014-09-203 14 21 30 36 19 29
        *************             
      105 2013-06-156 19 27 35 45 17 30
      106 2014-10-086 19 24 35 37 7 30
        *************             
      107 2014-03-1911 12 14 26 29 6 31
      108 2014-08-0612 14 26 28 40 4 31
      109 2014-10-1112 14 27 29 41 4 31
      110 2015-03-078 14 24 26 40 10 31
        *************             
      111 2013-05-294 6 7 9 14 12 32
      112 2014-10-294 9 14 34 43 11 32
      113 2015-01-285 6 7 9 26 8 32
      114 2015-04-012 6 7 26 32 10 32
        *************             
      115 2014-11-057 8 13 15 39 5 33
      116 2015-01-148 12 15 27 39 14 33
        *************             
      117 2014-04-026 14 26 30 45 4 34
      118 2014-11-196 30 32 43 45 14 34
        *************             
      119 2014-12-104 22 23 32 42 8 35
      120 2015-03-184 23 25 35 42 16 35
      121 2015-06-064 12 20 22 32 7 35
        *************             
      122 2014-02-0813 14 31 36 38 9 36
      123 2014-02-2217 27 33 36 41 17 36
      124 2014-12-3110 19 27 36 41 13 36
      125 2015-07-1513 33 36 38 41 7 36
        *************             
      126 2015-01-031 10 24 26 46 19 37
      127 2015-01-2410 18 24 26 45 13 37
        *************             
      128 2013-05-184 8 11 13 23 2 38
      129 2015-01-078 13 23 31 41 14 38
        *************             
      130 2015-01-314 5 21 37 40 7 39
      131 2015-05-025 21 30 37 40 13 39
      132 2013-10-025 20 35 36 37 8 39
      133 2015-02-254 5 19 36 37 3 39
        *************             
      134 2014-07-0917 37 38 43 45 15 40
      135 2015-02-046 17 37 38 42 5 40
      136 2015-03-259 16 37 38 42 12 40
        *************             
      137 2014-01-112 20 22 24 25 1 41
      138 2015-02-142 14 22 24 36 7 41
        *************             
      139 2014-03-053 4 8 25 47 17 42
      140 2014-06-1115 21 23 25 32 11 42
      141 2015-03-213 8 15 25 32 3 42
        *************             
      142 2013-06-263 19 26 40 45 12 43
      143 2015-04-153 7 18 40 45 1 43
        *************             
      144 2014-09-178 21 22 24 33 19 44
      145 2015-04-258 22 24 31 43 17 44
        *************             
      146 2013-05-2210 11 28 32 40 4 45
      147 2015-05-0611 14 16 28 40 16 45
        *************             
      148 2014-04-051 7 20 38 44 13 46
      149 2015-05-161 12 20 30 44 14 46
        *************             
      150 2014-08-0916 19 28 31 34 9 47
      151 2015-05-2318 29 34 36 38 15 47
      152 2015-05-2728 29 31 34 36 18 47
        *************             
      153 2014-05-3114 15 36 41 43 18 48
      154 2015-06-032 14 19 36 43 6 48
        *************             
      155 2014-06-281 9 18 20 21 14 49
      156 2015-04-291 4 14 18 37 8 49
      157 2015-06-201 18 20 25 37 9 49
      158 2015-07-041 6 25 26 37 17 49
        *************             

      My Best set can be found in Group 39 with the numbers 04 05 21 36 37 40.    I would have the tendency to wheel these six numbers.

      As for the Hot Ball itself, the top four picks are 02 04 07 or 12.

      Have Fun...........

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        "he bought it, won the jackpot, that it was record jackpot for the Hot Lotto game ... "

        Tipton really must be a genius to have known weeks ahead of time that it would be a record jackpot.

        What if Tipton didn't buy the ticket but another insider who knew he was going to be on vacation in the future and would be the perfect suspect if something went wrong.  This person could have stayed on the job and continued to do things normally and pointed out that Tipton was the only one not accounted for when the ticket was bought.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
                     Evil Looking       

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          What if Tipton didn't buy the ticket but another insider who knew he was going to be on vacation in the future and would be the perfect suspect if something went wrong.  This person could have stayed on the job and continued to do things normally and pointed out that Tipton was the only one not accounted for when the ticket was bought.

          ' What If"... that is the relevant question. l am of the mind that since this incident took place 5 years ago and knowing how fast technology changes, what are the chances that many foul deeds involving these particular games have not been committed since then? Once again " What if" is the question of the day.

          This would or could have been an open & shut case was " if" the clerk who sold the winning ticket in the video could have took the stand and said " Yes, that person sitting at the defense table is the person " who purchased the ticket. l am 100% certain of it. In a word " Game Over" -instead we have people looking at the video and making all kinds of assertions.

          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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            ' What If"... that is the relevant question. l am of the mind that since this incident took place 5 years ago and knowing how fast technology changes, what are the chances that many foul deeds involving these particular games have not been committed since then? Once again " What if" is the question of the day.

            This would or could have been an open & shut case was " if" the clerk who sold the winning ticket in the video could have took the stand and said " Yes, that person sitting at the defense table is the person " who purchased the ticket. l am 100% certain of it. In a word " Game Over" -instead we have people looking at the video and making all kinds of assertions.

            "" if" the clerk who sold the winning ticket in the video could have took the stand and said " Yes, that person sitting at the defense table is the person " who purchased the ticket. l am 100% certain of it."

            I Agree! and why didn't the prosecution put that clerk on the stand?

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              "What if Tipton didn't buy the ticket but another insider ... "

              Based on what we know that's certainly seems like it might be possible. The Lottery is admitting that they've got lousy security protocols that can't prevent people from tampering with the equipment, so who's to say somebody else didn't do exactly what they're claiming Tipton did? The problem with somebody else setting Tipton up to take the fall is that several of the people who seem to have been involved in trying to collect the prize seem to have connections to Tipton.

              "why didn't the prosecution put that clerk on the stand?"

              Because there's zero chance that the clerk has any memory of a customer who was in the store for 60 seconds 5 years ago?

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                "What if Tipton didn't buy the ticket but another insider ... "

                Based on what we know that's certainly seems like it might be possible. The Lottery is admitting that they've got lousy security protocols that can't prevent people from tampering with the equipment, so who's to say somebody else didn't do exactly what they're claiming Tipton did? The problem with somebody else setting Tipton up to take the fall is that several of the people who seem to have been involved in trying to collect the prize seem to have connections to Tipton.

                "why didn't the prosecution put that clerk on the stand?"

                Because there's zero chance that the clerk has any memory of a customer who was in the store for 60 seconds 5 years ago?

                I Agree!But the prosecution's attempt at going for the jugular with the appearance of the store clerk on the stand could make an  impression with a gullible jury even though he could be lying.All the store clerk has to do is show up..

                Prosecutor : Are you sure that's the same guy?- Yes l am.

                Defense: How can you be absolutely certain it's our client? - Because of the video Counselor, take a look Sir, that's me behind the counter. Next question. 

                NO further questions your Honor. .." Game Over".

                People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                  I Agree!But the prosecution's attempt at going for the jugular with the appearance of the store clerk on the stand could make an  impression with a gullible jury even though he could be lying.All the store clerk has to do is show up..

                  Prosecutor : Are you sure that's the same guy?- Yes l am.

                  Defense: How can you be absolutely certain it's our client? - Because of the video Counselor, take a look Sir, that's me behind the counter. Next question. 

                  NO further questions your Honor. .." Game Over".

                  Are you serious or just trying to be funny? Unless there was some bizarre reason that the clerk really remembered the encounter in the store even a lousy attorney would have a field day during the cross examination, and the video makes it pretty clear that there wasn't anything unusual about the encounter. A nondescript customer walks in, buys a lottery ticket, and leaves. Do you think that even the stupidest person on the jury will believe the clerk actually remembers the guy 5 years later?

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                    Are you serious or just trying to be funny? Unless there was some bizarre reason that the clerk really remembered the encounter in the store even a lousy attorney would have a field day during the cross examination, and the video makes it pretty clear that there wasn't anything unusual about the encounter. A nondescript customer walks in, buys a lottery ticket, and leaves. Do you think that even the stupidest person on the jury will believe the clerk actually remembers the guy 5 years later?

                    Serious/ funny- a little of both Floyd.

                    Talking about a jury: Remember Johnny Cochran " If it doesn't fit- you must acquit". There have been stupid juries in the past and will be in the future. The Prosecution did tell the jury that in order to reach a verdict  " use common sense"- let's see how common sense prevails in this case!

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                      I don't think there's enough evidence that proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he's guilty, so there's a good chance he'll be found not guilty. We all want justice, but if the evidence isn't there, it isn't there. If you think someone getting away with a crime is bad, try being one of the many people who have been found guilty of a crime they didn't commit, just rotting away in prison.

                      Gonna win.Big Smile

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                        I don't think there's enough evidence that proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he's guilty, so there's a good chance he'll be found not guilty. We all want justice, but if the evidence isn't there, it isn't there. If you think someone getting away with a crime is bad, try being one of the many people who have been found guilty of a crime they didn't commit, just rotting away in prison.

                        "I don't think there's enough evidence that proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he's guilty"

                        It looks like they had more evidence than the news stories indicated because the jury found Tipton guilty.

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                          The headline is misleading.

                           

                          MUSL employees are not "vendor" employees. MUSL is the sanctioning body for the game - which is offered by member lotteries.

                           

                          Words are important.