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Lawyers seek to depose lottery fraud mastermind in prison

Jan 21, 2019, 8:50 pm

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Lawyers pursuing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of lottery customers nationwide are seeking to interview the jailed insider who allegedly rigged jackpots for himself and others for years.

The lawyers said in a court filing Friday they want to take the deposition of Eddie Tipton at the prison in Clarinda, Iowa, to gather information for their case against the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Judge Michael Huppert recently granted class-action status to the case, which involves customers who bought losing tickets for roughly 20 drawings between 2005 and 2013 that were allegedly tainted by Tipton's software.

Tipton worked for the Iowa-based lottery association, where he built and installed random number generators that picked winning combinations.

He's serving a prison sentence after admitting to installing code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on certain days of the year and working with his brother and others to buy tickets and win jackpots.

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Chasing $ Millions.
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Oh Eddie, look what you started.

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

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

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     What a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive. 

     Was it worth it Eddie?

     Who guards the guard? Who is looking over the shoulder of security?

    No No

     "We are all in this together!" 

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       What a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive. 

       Was it worth it Eddie?

       Who guards the guard? Who is looking over the shoulder of security?

      No No

      I Agree! My thoughts exactly. Well said music*

      The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

      “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

      Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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        I Agree! My thoughts exactly. Well said music*

        Is this a scheme by the lawyers to learn his method? This info needs to be protected.

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          Simpsonville
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          wonder how far this will go or what it'll amount to?

          Off subject:  Letter from MA lottery saying their subscription service will now be handled by a third party.  End of the road for me as they also add a $13 surcharge for out of state tickets!

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            Central TN
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            $13 surcharge? That's punishing out of state players.

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              Simpsonville
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              $13 surcharge? That's punishing out of state players.

              The kicker is it is $13 per ticket...fuggettaboutit.

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                Is this a scheme by the lawyers to learn his method? This info needs to be protected.

                I think all the details of his methods should be made public, as well as every line of code he wrote. Let the public every lottery employee learn how computer RNG systems are vulnerable to tampering.

                Only my hairdresser knows for sure.

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                  So how do I get my name on that list ?

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                    Eddie was a pompous, arrogant pain in the behind.  He acted like Barney Fife and tried to make lotteries fear him.

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                      Simpsonville
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                      Eddie was a pompous, arrogant pain in the behind.  He acted like Barney Fife and tried to make lotteries fear him.

                      That's a good one and welcome to Lottery Post sailmumm.

                      The restitution is another issue I have with those two, don't think it is going to happen.  Too bad the sentences are already handed down and more cannot be added until all the monies are paid.  Maybe denied parole.

                      He thought his stuff didn't stink and convinced himself that good old Eddie is going to get away with it.  Typical white collar criminal thinking.

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                        I think all the details of his methods should be made public, as well as every line of code he wrote. Let the public every lottery employee learn how computer RNG systems are vulnerable to tampering.

                        Oh the irony, so far Eddie's is allowed to keep his methods anonymous 

                        Bang Head

                        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                        Lep

                        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                          I would kill to be at that deposition. Lol.

                          Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                            Well he did give a lecture on how a root kit program could be used to determine an outcome and how all states should take precautions against them.  The only way to find it is to have the actual computer used and search it.  I believe there were problems determining where said computer was stored (if at all).