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Kansas files lawsuit against accused lottery rigger

Mar 16, 2017, 6:26 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit by the state of Kansas accuses the man at the center of a multi-state lottery number-fixing scam of working with two others to redeem two rigged lottery tickets for $44,000.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday he filed the Shawnee County lawsuit against Eddie Tipton and two others who Schmidt says turned in the tickets to the Kansas Lottery. Schmidt alleges Tipton used software manipulation to rig the tickets.

Tipton, 54, of Flatonia, Texas, once worked as the information security director for the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, writing software designed to randomly pick numbers for lottery computers used for various games by 37 state and territorial lotteries.

Tipton, who was convicted in Iowa of lottery fraud in 2015, does not have a listed home telephone number and could not be reached for comment Wednesday. His Iowa attorney, Dean Stowers, didn't respond to a message left by The Associated Press.

According to the Kansas lawsuit, Tipton bought two lottery tickets in December 2010 from gas stations in Overland Park and Emporia, then gave one each to Amy Demoney and Christopher McCoulskey to redeem.

Those tickets, the lawsuit alleges, were rigged to win by Tipton's software manipulation through his job at the multi-state lottery. Between February and June of 2011, Demoney and McCoulskey submitted the tickets to the Kansas Lottery and were paid a total of $44,008, giving a portion of the proceeds to Tipton.

While seeking repayment of the $44,000, the Kansas lawsuit also seeks unspecified civil penalties for Kansas False Claims Act violations.

McCoulskey, of Denton, Texas, told to the AP by telephone on Tuesday that he bought the "winning" ticket from Tipton for $8,000, then redeemed it by mail after Tipton told him he didn't want the tax hassles that came with doing it himself.

McCoulskey, a 51-year-old childhood acquaintance of Tipton, said he was unaware the ticket was bogus. "I just assumed it was a lottery ball game and that no one could tamper with it," he said.

"As far as I was concerned, it was a good ticket," McCoulskey said, adding he stood prepared to pay restitution to Kansas. The lawsuit "is a shock. If they thought there was an issue in Kansas, they could just contact me and say, 'You need to settle up.'"

Demoney, 43, of Waukee does not have a listed home telephone number and could not be reached Wednesday.

Tipton and his brother — Tommy Tipton, a former Texas justice of the peace — are awaiting trial in Iowa, where they're accused of tinkering with computers to make lottery numbers predictable in various states. They deny the charges.

Prosecutors allege Eddie Tipton took advantage of a false, random number-generating program he designed and placed in lottery computers that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year. Investigators say Tipton and his associates used that knowledge to buy winning tickets worth millions of dollars in Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Kansas and Iowa between 2005 and 2011.

Timeline of the biggest crime in US lottery history

The following is a compilation of Lottery Post news coverage chronicling the Hot Lotto mystery and subsequently discovered crime.

We start the timeline with a news story indicating that only 3 months remained for the $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot to be claimed.

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AP, Lottery Post Staff

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The Wheels of Justice Move Slowly!

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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    The Wheels of Justice Move Slowly!

    I Agree! They also GRIND slowly. 

     When you become a Mega Million or Power Ball winner you can expect to be profiled as such if you break the law. Juries do not look kindly on the past winners. There are plenty of examples.

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      I Agree! They also GRIND slowly. 

       When you become a Mega Million or Power Ball winner you can expect to be profiled as such if you break the law. Juries do not look kindly on the past winners. There are plenty of examples.

      All Jackpot Game Players should Start Now Being Responsible and Law Abiding to Avoid Future Problems as Jackpot Game Winners!

      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

      Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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        Posted: March 16, 2017, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

        I wonder how lottery officials caught on the scam.  Anyway, I couldn't pull off a scam like this...I'd be way too nervous and constantly looking over my shoulder, and that's no way to live.