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Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Tommy Tipton in lottery rigging case

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest case in a large-scale lottery rigging scheme is headed to the courtroom next week.

Tommy Tipton turned himself in earlier this month after being charged with ongoing criminal conduct.

Tommy's brother is former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton, who is currently serving prison time for tampering with lottery equipment.

Police say Eddie rigged the Hot Lotto game electronically to win him a jackpot for $16 million in December of 2010.

Prosecutors recently revealed they believe his brother, Tommy, was also a key player in the scheme and possibly others outside of Iowa.

Tipton's preliminary hearing was originally set for Friday, but has now been pushed to next week.

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 10:39 am - IP Logged

I'd like to slap the smirk right off that guys face!

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     It has been said, "Where there is one roach then there must be plenty of others".

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      Posted: April 22, 2016, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

      There are a lot of states using the random number generator systems like this one to call their number's. And until some one files a law suite against the use of them instead of the number ball's, it's going to continue this way! Washington State is a good place to start looking for other states who play with R.N.G.'s and the way that do! The number balls was a much better way for the player's!...US Flag


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        Posted: April 22, 2016, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

        I'd like to slap the smirk right off that guys face!

        I would laugh at all white criminals

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          Posted: April 22, 2016, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

          I would laugh at all white criminals

          What????????

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            Posted: April 22, 2016, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

            I'd like to slap the smirk right off that guys face!

            Prosecutors recently revealed they believe his brother, Tommy, was also a key player in the scheme and possibly others outside of Iowa.

            Saying they "believe" and proving it are two different things. Eddie Tipton is still out on bail waiting appeal so their evidence can't be that overwhelming.

            IMO, because MUSL is still using the same RNG, they are doing absolutely nothing to prevent players from being cheated again and prosecuting the Tiptons won't change that.

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              Posted: April 23, 2016, 1:51 am - IP Logged

              Any incidents involving Tipton rigging the draw were a problem with security, not with the RNG. Those problems can be easily fixed by good security, but I'm not holding my breath.

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                Posted: April 23, 2016, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

                Any incidents involving Tipton rigging the draw were a problem with security, not with the RNG. Those problems can be easily fixed by good security, but I'm not holding my breath.

                It's a "B movie" plot where security (Tipton) places a self-destructing rootkit into the RNG computer. Tennessee's RNG probably still has the same program that prevented non-repeat digits in their pick-3 and pick-4 games.

                The solution to both potential security problems is to use the player popular live ball drawings.

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                  Posted: April 23, 2016, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                  It's a "B movie" plot where security (Tipton) places a self-destructing rootkit into the RNG computer. Tennessee's RNG probably still has the same program that prevented non-repeat digits in their pick-3 and pick-4 games.

                  The solution to both potential security problems is to use the player popular live ball drawings.

                  "It's a "B movie" plot where security (Tipton) places a self-destructing rootkit into the RNG computer."

                  Did it self-destruct or go into hiding because in an article I read all drawings on two dates every year since were being investigated.  Sounds like the RNG program is flawed in such a way that the results of the drawings on those dates may be predictable.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: April 24, 2016, 1:39 am - IP Logged

                    Investigating drawings up until Tipton's manipulations were discovered would be sensible. The only reason to investigate drawings after that date would be more security shortcomings. If they're not complete morons (a possibility I won't discount) they would have immediately stopped using any RNG that could possibly have been compromised, thereby preventing future issues. If they did that then there's no rational reason to worry about subsequent drawings on those dates.

                    I see only two possibilities for the program's behavior. Either the it remained on the machine for a fairly long period of time, or it erased itself after the necessary requirements are met and it produced numbers that Tipton could determine. In the first case it may still have had an expiration date and erased itself some time since the Hot Lotto drawing, and in the second case he would have had to successfully reinstall it several times.  Good security protocols should have prevented either of those scenarios, but the first may be even more <snip>ing since it might suggest gross incompetence even after discovering Tipton's handiwork. They only recently discovered the responsible program, and that was apparently on a completely different machine in a different state. I'd hope that if the program had remained on any other machines it would have been discovered shortly after they knew they had a problem, at which point looking for it would have been a sensible idea.

                    In general the safest strategy would have been to use a program that erased itself after generating the predictable numbers, to reduce the chances that  the program would be discovered or preserved with a disk image, and reinstall it when the chance presented itself. Of course if Tipton knew that security protocols were such that the program wouldn't be found or preserved then having the program remain would be safer since he wouldn't face the risk of being caught  installing it again.

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                      Posted: April 25, 2016, 6:33 am - IP Logged

                      Family reunion will be a hoot.

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                        Posted: April 25, 2016, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                        We should all just start calling these pickers what they are and that is TNGs which of course is short for Tipton Number Generators.

                        They are all rigged until proven otherwise but of course there is no absolute proof.  It is much easier to tell if ball drawings are rigged and that is why they got away with the TNG scheme multiple times.

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                          Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

                          I am not surprised at all.  This is going on in every State, or almost all.  Why?  No one is watching the 'watchers'.  Rigged Lotto means no one will play.

                          I have said forever that the Texas Lotto uses the Store address and the zip code to go with the winning numbers - how do they decide AHEAD of time, since it is usually a Quick Pick?  I mean, what are the odds of a store's address and zip code figuring into a QP?  It would have to be BEFORE the supposed ball drawing. Want an example?  Got one for you, from the Texas Lottery "Texas 2-Step" , 4 numbers and a BB (bonus ball).  So look at this:

                          13 - 16 - 20 - 30  BB- 32  (This is from 4-14 -2016, )

                          Winning store address?  EXXON FOOD STORE  4990 N. Frontage Rd. Brownsville, TX 78521

                          Ok, if you have read any of my posts, I have ascertained since day one, there are 'alternative values' for certain numbers, the higher numbers so that there will be more single digit numbers when adding 2 numbers together.

                          Here they are (and feel free to look at all my previous posts about this)

                          9 = 4,  8 = 3,  7 = 0 (and 0=7) 6 = 5 /\  and no similar numbers can be side-by-side.  However, when you have a draw of '4' numbers and BB, then it is adding 2 numbers to get a draw number.  So, in this drawing, the first win number is 13, go address 4990:

                          4+9 = 13   -then remove those two and you have 90.     9 + 7 = 16 (remember 7 can be 0, 0 can be 7, usually it is changed from the first, original number, 0)

                          Now, you have 13-16, go to zip:  78521 (here you have 5 numbers why?  because the draw numbers go higher and 2 9's is 18, so you need three numbers, not always but you can figure it out.

                          7+8+5 = 20 Surprise!!  Another number.  Left with 21, but added is only 3, however, many times Texas Lotto uses the x10 (which i have mentioned before) and they use it now: 20+10 = 30.

                          13-16-20-30, the winning four numbers, now only need the Bonus Ball.  Back to zip code!

                          Add up zip: 78521 = 23 Now these two numbers are reached by simply adding the zip code!!  However, another way, the way I would figure it: add 7852 and make 1 a '10' so:

                          7852= 22 + 10 (1) = 32  But, EITHER WAY, you get the two numbers in the BB winning number.

                          This was a Quick Pick winner.  Now, my question is:  How coincidental is this?  It is NOT.  I am calling BS on this.

                          I have said in many posts on here, they use a 'code' that involves the selling store's address and zip code.  And, the SAME with Scratch-Tickets.  Yessir.  Just do some math on the JACKPOT Scratch winners and look at these ONE WINNER QPs, and since January, I do not think there has been a NON-QP winner of a DRAWING jackpot.  So, it doesn't take a Genius to see this, you only have to be looking, which most people are not.  And, know how they manipulate the high numbers with 'alt-values'.  The X10 are usually only with a 2 or 1, from hours of looking at this.

                          So, sorry if this POST doesn't go here (MOD, please feel free to move this to where it is more 'effective') perhaps in the Forum under TX-2 Step.  I have actually stopped playing, but I do still calculate the drawings. 

                          One last thing - IF you have won significant money in the past?  And, have gone to TLC office to pick up checks?  I do believe they know who you are, where you usually play (back to the selling stores, etc) and if you play often, you might consider playing in a town close to you, not the same place(s) in your city-town. 

                          But, any input on this ODD address+zip code+QPick, is appreciated.  It makes no sense, or logic, so if I seem skeptical>???  I am.  They must know ahead of any draw break the winning numbers and use the address and zip as a MAP-CODE? to where and then WHEN the QP is issued.  Just some observation after seeing the Cheat Article.  Also, look at TX 2-Step Winner on 02-04-2016, you will see what I'm talking about.

                          Cash Crown