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Prosecutors say Tipton rigged two jackpots he purchased tickets for in Kansas

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MUSL computerized drawing scandal now confirmed in 5 states, still looking for more

The former security chief for a national association that operates lotteries personally bought two tickets that won jackpots in Kansas, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have rigged lottery drawings.

Investigators recently linked Kansas jackpots won in 2010 to Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorney general Rob Sand disclosed in court documents. The evidence will show that Tipton associates who claimed the prizes returned half of the money in cash directly to him in early 2011, he wrote.

Tipton allegedly purchased two winning tickets to the "2by2" game at separate locations while he was traveling through Kansas on business in December 2010, the Kansas Lottery said in a statement. Each was worth $22,000, the prize for any player with the day's winning numbers, and were claimed by individuals from Iowa and Texas, the statement said.

As chief of security for the association managing lotteries for 37 states and territories, Tipton managed random number generators that pick winning numbers for some national games such as Hot Lotto and games played in individual states.

Kansas Lottery officials said they were asked to look into those jackpots by Iowa investigators earlier this month. The alleged manipulation of those tickets happened at the association headquarters in Iowa, not on any Kansas Lottery equipment, the statement said.

Prosecutors believe that Tipton, 52, used his access to those machines to surreptitiously install software programs that let him know the winning numbers in advance before disappearing without a trace. They say he worked with associates such as his brother Tommy Tipton — a Texas judge — and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes to play those numbers and collect prizes dating back to 2005.

Earlier this year, a jury convicted Tipton of fraud for fixing a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot dating back to 2010. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is free while he appeals.

After fixing the winning combination, Tipton went to a gas station near the lottery association to buy those numbers and then passed the winning ticket to Rhodes, who unsuccessfully tried to collect the prize with associates, prosecutors say. Rhodes is fighting extradition back to Iowa to face charges in the case.

Since Tipton's conviction, Iowa prosecutors have charged Tipton with ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering for allegedly fixing jackpots valued at $8 million in Colorado,Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Kansas jackpots were added to the charges in that case on Monday.

Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, laughed out loud when told of the latest allegations on Monday by The Associated Press. He repeated his longstanding contention that there is no evidence that Tipton tampered with the computers, and argued that any charges related to the old jackpots should be barred by the three-year statute of limitations. Sand is fighting Tipton's motion to dismiss the case, saying the additional jackpots were only recently uncovered.

Stowers said the new information was a publicity stunt designed to bring more attention to the case, which is set for trial next month but likely to be delayed.

"If you look at what they are claiming they have found after the first trial, you would think these investigators must be completely incompetent," he said. "They apparently are telling everybody that they never looked before the first trial."

Stowers said that claiming the games were rigged was a risky strategy for state lotteries.

"If that's their claim, what is their obligation to the players? Obviously they were running games that weren't legitimate and collected all this money from people and spent it," he said.

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Posted: December 21, 2015, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

You have got to be kidding me! It is hard enough to win in Kansas as it is and for that idiot <snip> to do that. I hope he rots....

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    Posted: December 21, 2015, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

    you have all of us hard working people putting money into the games in hopes of winning and this P O S  just took our money and the greedy BAS** couldnt bee satisfied with 1 jackpot

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      Posted: December 21, 2015, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

       Tipton and his associates will be found guilty because of their greed and stupidity. They ruined their lives for nothing. 

       As the Ancient Romans said, "Who guards the guard?"

       If you are not a professional criminal then you should walk the line as best you can. Keep to the narrow path.

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        Posted: December 21, 2015, 10:44 pm - IP Logged

        "If that's their claim, what is their obligation to the players? Obviously they were running games that weren't legitimate and collected all this money from people and spent it," he said.

        We've heard all about what they allegedly found, but heard nothing about why it was so easy to rig the RNG drawings.

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          Posted: December 22, 2015, 4:36 am - IP Logged

          "If that's their claim, what is their obligation to the players? Obviously they were running games that weren't legitimate and collected all this money from people and spent it," he said.

          We've heard all about what they allegedly found, but heard nothing about why it was so easy to rig the RNG drawings.

          Good point.  Should be interesting to see if states start dropping RNG's.

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            Posted: December 22, 2015, 6:54 am - IP Logged

            I searched for a list of RNG states and could not find a link to one.  Does anyone know a link to this information?  I know I can click on each state here and find it but that's too time consuming and I'm old.

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              RNG Sucks!!!.

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                Posted: December 22, 2015, 7:58 am - IP Logged

                I searched for a list of RNG states and could not find a link to one.  Does anyone know a link to this information?  I know I can click on each state here and find it but that's too time consuming and I'm old.

                Check out the "Lottery Report Card"

                https://www.lotterypost.com/lottery-report-card.asp

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                  I searched for a list of RNG states and could not find a link to one.  Does anyone know a link to this information?  I know I can click on each state here and find it but that's too time consuming and I'm old.

                  You only need to check the states where you play.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: December 22, 2015, 8:47 am - IP Logged

                    MUSL computerized drawing scandal now confirmed in 5 states, still looking for more

                    The former security chief for a national association that operates lotteries personally bought two tickets that won jackpots in Kansas, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have rigged lottery drawings.

                    Investigators recently linked Kansas jackpots won in 2010 to Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorney general Rob Sand disclosed in court documents. The evidence will show that Tipton associates who claimed the prizes returned half of the money in cash directly to him in early 2011, he wrote.

                    Tipton allegedly purchased two winning tickets to the "2by2" game at separate locations while he was traveling through Kansas on business in December 2010, the Kansas Lottery said in a statement. Each was worth $22,000, the prize for any player with the day's winning numbers, and were claimed by individuals from Iowa and Texas, the statement said.

                    As chief of security for the association managing lotteries for 37 states and territories, Tipton managed random number generators that pick winning numbers for some national games such as Hot Lotto and games played in individual states.

                    Kansas Lottery officials said they were asked to look into those jackpots by Iowa investigators earlier this month. The alleged manipulation of those tickets happened at the association headquarters in Iowa, not on any Kansas Lottery equipment, the statement said.

                    Prosecutors believe that Tipton, 52, used his access to those machines to surreptitiously install software programs that let him know the winning numbers in advance before disappearing without a trace. They say he worked with associates such as his brother Tommy Tipton — a Texas judge — and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes to play those numbers and collect prizes dating back to 2005.

                    Earlier this year, a jury convicted Tipton of fraud for fixing a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot dating back to 2010. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is free while he appeals.

                    After fixing the winning combination, Tipton went to a gas station near the lottery association to buy those numbers and then passed the winning ticket to Rhodes, who unsuccessfully tried to collect the prize with associates, prosecutors say. Rhodes is fighting extradition back to Iowa to face charges in the case.

                    Since Tipton's conviction, Iowa prosecutors have charged Tipton with ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering for allegedly fixing jackpots valued at $8 million in Colorado,Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Kansas jackpots were added to the charges in that case on Monday.

                    Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, laughed out loud when told of the latest allegations on Monday by The Associated Press. He repeated his longstanding contention that there is no evidence that Tipton tampered with the computers, and argued that any charges related to the old jackpots should be barred by the three-year statute of limitations. Sand is fighting Tipton's motion to dismiss the case, saying the additional jackpots were only recently uncovered.

                    Stowers said the new information was a publicity stunt designed to bring more attention to the case, which is set for trial next month but likely to be delayed.

                    "If you look at what they are claiming they have found after the first trial, you would think these investigators must be completely incompetent," he said. "They apparently are telling everybody that they never looked before the first trial."

                    Stowers said that claiming the games were rigged was a risky strategy for state lotteries.

                    "If that's their claim, what is their obligation to the players? Obviously they were running games that weren't legitimate and collected all this money from people and spent it," he said.

                    Obviously all these state lotteries now adding new charges want the public to believe they had no clue about this. They want everyone to believe they were totally in the dark. I guess that sound better to them then admitting they are completely incompetent. It really sound like they don't really want to be held accountable for this. I think they should be legally obligated to do something for the other lottery players that played these rig games. If players can show tickets as proof for the rig games, here is a idea why not let these player get a free ticket from another game they like, when they bring in rig game tickets with no cost to them.

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                      Posted: December 22, 2015, 9:09 am - IP Logged

                      Good point.  Should be interesting to see if states start dropping RNG's.

                      It would be interesting. If this thing really snowballs, and states are saying they were in the dark about Tipton, then they have to admit that RNG draws are not secure.

                      The story about Tipton was in the local papers this past week. If the story continues to grow, maybe people will get wise to RNG draws and stop playing. Then states would have no choice but to go to ball drop draws. 

                      Time will tell.

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