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Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing

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Posted: July 21, 2015, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

Can't believe he bought the ticket himself. He was so close to hatching the perfect plan. Now he might make the Darwin top ten.

It makes no sense that Tipton bought the ticket taking a chance of he would be caught on camera, but the jury thought he did. Even Nick Perry had enough sense not to buy any tickets.

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    It sounds like he may have thought he disguised himself well enough to be unrecognizable.  IIRC at least one of the witnesses didn't recognize him until he spoke.  I wonder if he didn't realize that his voice was being recorded too?  Most c-stores here only take video not audio.

    If I were going to try to pull something like this off, I'd definitely do the whole thing myself including buying the ticket.  The more people that know, the more likely it is someone will blab.

    I watch a lot of true crime, and the people who hire hit men to kill someone and are caught, are usually caught because the hit man tells.  You'd think that since the hit man is the one who will get the most prison time, he'd keep his mouth shut but that doesn't seem to be a deterrent.  Human nature is strange.

    Don't even think about giving someone half the jackpot if they just buy the ticket for ya.  Chances are, they will suddenly grow a conscience, or get drunk, or get mad because you had a falling out, or fritter their half away and get spiteful when you refuse to give them more.  Then they'll tell.

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      It sounds like he may have thought he disguised himself well enough to be unrecognizable.  IIRC at least one of the witnesses didn't recognize him until he spoke.  I wonder if he didn't realize that his voice was being recorded too?  Most c-stores here only take video not audio.

      If I were going to try to pull something like this off, I'd definitely do the whole thing myself including buying the ticket.  The more people that know, the more likely it is someone will blab.

      I watch a lot of true crime, and the people who hire hit men to kill someone and are caught, are usually caught because the hit man tells.  You'd think that since the hit man is the one who will get the most prison time, he'd keep his mouth shut but that doesn't seem to be a deterrent.  Human nature is strange.

      Don't even think about giving someone half the jackpot if they just buy the ticket for ya.  Chances are, they will suddenly grow a conscience, or get drunk, or get mad because you had a falling out, or fritter their half away and get spiteful when you refuse to give them more.  Then they'll tell.

      Tipton could have LITERALLY saved his hide by coming into the convenience store and purchasing his ticket dressed like either of these guys ..

      Image result for darth vader.....Image result for gorilla costume using pre-filled out playslips, he could simply have put his money on the counter, got his tickets and walked out to his vehicle.

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

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        Tipton could have LITERALLY saved his hide by coming into the convenience store and purchasing his ticket dressed like either of these guys ..

        Image result for darth vader.....Image result for gorilla costume using pre-filled out playslips, he could simply have put his money on the counter, got his tickets and walked out to his vehicle.

        Like your disguises but it is illegal here to enter a place of business with your face covered!  Have to use stage makeup and wigs, oversized hats etc....

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          It makes no sense that Tipton bought the ticket taking a chance of he would be caught on camera, but the jury thought he did. Even Nick Perry had enough sense not to buy any tickets.

          I agree. Working at the lottery, on the inside, he KNEW all the security procedures the lottery goes through to validate tickets etc. You would have to be pretty dumb to buy the ticket knowing that lottery officials would check the store's video cameras. At the very least, he could have been creative and hired someone to buy and claim the ticket, then paid them a significant portion of the winnings. If in fact he pulled this off, it sounds like he didn't think it through very clearly, which is ironic considering the difficulty of actually rigging the draw.

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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            I agree. Working at the lottery, on the inside, he KNEW all the security procedures the lottery goes through to validate tickets etc. You would have to be pretty dumb to buy the ticket knowing that lottery officials would check the store's video cameras. At the very least, he could have been creative and hired someone to buy and claim the ticket, then paid them a significant portion of the winnings. If in fact he pulled this off, it sounds like he didn't think it through very clearly, which is ironic considering the difficulty of actually rigging the draw.

            Tipton had to know the rules required the identity of person purchasing the ticket and he was ineligible. I read a story about a guy who worked for the Nevada gaming commission that had access to the RNG Keno programs used by Vegas casinos and he used it to win a large jackpot in Atlantic City. His partner panicked when cashing the ticket and he spent 2 years in prison.

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              I think we will hear another story like this someday, glad he going to get punished.

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                I think we will hear another story like this someday, glad he going to get punished.

                There's going to be an appeal Sully. Lets see how that turns out...

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

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                  Yes Sully they are all crooked,remember it's not for us,it's for the kids...Ive lost enough in Tennessee to college 10 kids..

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                    The article says "It's believed to be the first prosecution of a person accused of tampering with lottery equipment to manipulate a draw".  However, this is not true.  It happened twice in PA, back in 1980 with the famous "triple 6's" 3 digit draw and again in 1988 when a computer tech working for a lottery contractor programmed the a computer to print out a lottery ticket in a store where his friend worked for a $15.2 million lotto jackpot in the Super 7 drawing that was about to expire. The lottery was suspicious of his friend when he tried to claim the jackpot, but they made the first of the annuity payments while investigating.  Then after the advertisement of TV and radio about the unclaimed jackpot and where the ticket was sold, the real owner of the "real" ticket who had forgotten about buying a ticket, found it and came forward to make the claim.  Those 2 got prison time.

                    How very interesting.  I always wondered about how connected those lottery terminals are.  They could rig it to where a certain set of numbers for a certain area, and it keeps rolling until the number matches for that area.

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                      Posted: July 22, 2015, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

                      Tipton could have LITERALLY saved his hide by coming into the convenience store and purchasing his ticket dressed like either of these guys ..

                      Image result for darth vader.....Image result for gorilla costume using pre-filled out playslips, he could simply have put his money on the counter, got his tickets and walked out to his vehicle.

                      Then he could have used the line --- "I am not the purchaser you are looking for' (while doing the Jedi armwave) -  Green laugh

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                        Then he could have used the line --- "I am not the purchaser you are looking for' (while doing the Jedi armwave) -  Green laugh

                        Oh Yeah...

                        Image result for obi wan we are not the people you looking for 

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                          Posted: July 23, 2015, 4:43 am - IP Logged

                          Ya know what would have been REALLY funny - if when he was at the counter buying the ticket and his phone rang and he had a REALLY unique ringtone that NO ONE uses and the video picked it up!

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                            Maybe if he had a ringtone that said  "Phone call for MUSL employee Eddie Tipton", but other than that it would just be one more piece of evidence that doesn't really prove anything. OTOH, the prosecution claimed that his cell phone records showed that he wasn't in Texas, as he claimed. If he'd gotten a phone call anytime close to when the purchase was made they'd presumably have a record showing a connection to a cell tower close to the store. Of course even that still leaves room for reasonable doubt.

                            Of course we haven't heard as much as the jury, but based on what we have heard there's plenty of reasonable doubt, starting with zero evidence that the drawing was actually tampered with.

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                              Oh Yeah...

                              Image result for obi wan we are not the people you looking for 

                              Yes you are!!! So said the jury.

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