Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited August 15, 2020, 2:53 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Website now accepting claims in $4.3 million lottery scam settlement

Sep 9, 2019, 9:39 pm

Share this news story on Facebook
Tweet this news story on Twitter
Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Website now accepting claims in $4.3 million lottery scam settlementRating:

A website that was set up for people with losing tickets to seek refunds under a $4.3 million lottery scam settlement is now functioning.

Since 2011, Lottery Post has been reporting on the multi-state lottery jackpot and subsequent investigation and prosecution of the rigged computerized drawing scandal. Those who wish to submit a claim can do so online at www.lotterygamesettlement.com or call 877-872-3816 for more information.

A class-action lawsuit linked to the largest lottery scam in U.S. history has been settled for $4.3 million, benefiting potentially millions of people with losing tickets, according to a statement from an attorney in the case.

The settlement will refund the cost of tickets purchased for nine specific drawing dates for games sold in 33 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., between Nov. 23, 2005, and May 23, 2013. 

The lotterygamesettlement.com website has been set up to assist people who seek refunds under the settlement.

Proof of purchase — primarily, copies of losing tickets — is not required to submit a claim for up to 10 non-winning tickets, but settlement administrators have the right to request verification to prevent fraud.

Refunds will vary based on the value of the ticket, whether the claimant has proof of purchase, and the number of valid claims submitted, the Register was told by attorneys in the case. Online court documents had not been filed as of Monday at noon.

The settlement concludes the decade-long saga springing from a computer-assisted scam that Eddie Tipton, former IT director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Urbandale, ran on the national lottery. Tipton added a secret code to "random" number-generating computer software in 2005 that allowed him to narrow the drawing-winning odds in multiple games from as great as 5 million-to-1 down to 200-to-1. 

Tipton's scam went undetected for years, and the code was replicated in lottery computer software across the nation. He hijacked at least five winning drawings totaling more than $24 million in prizes in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma, court records show.

In 2017, he was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

The lottery association — commonly referenced as MUSL — is an umbrella organization that is owned and operated by 36-member lotteries, including the Iowa Lottery. Its executives previously have said they no longer use the computer programs Tipton designed.

MUSL has denied and continues to deny any gaming wrongdoing, according to the settlement statement sent to the Register by Blake Hanson, an attorney for Burlington resident Dale Culler, who is one of at least three people who have filed lawsuits naming MUSL in connection with the rigged games.

The association chose to settle based on expected litigation expenses and uncertain risks should the lawsuit go to trial, according to information shared with the Register.

Court documents show Culler spent $63 to purchase tickets in two games he believes were affected by Tipton's scam. MUSL has agreed not to oppose paying 30% of the settlement — $1.29 million — for Culler's legal fees as well as a $20,000 "incentive award" for spearheading the lawsuit. Those payments will be deducted from the $4.3 million available for refunds.

The class-action lawsuit was initially linked to at least 7.2 million lottery tickets, but some of the games were removed from the list because they did not use Tipton's software.  The settlement agreements do not indicate how many losing tickets remain eligible for refunds.

The statement issued by Hanson on Monday offered no further comment beyond stating: "MUSL remains committed to the integrity and fairness of the multi-jurisdictional and state lottery games that its members offer."

Both parties declined further comment.

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.

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Des Moines Register, Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

5 comments. Last comment 11 months ago by cottoneyedjoe.
Page 1 of 1
Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
0806 4766 1359 2432 6231
California
United States
Member #180566
March 13, 2017
4062 Posts
Offline
Posted: September 9, 2019, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

Oh, that's great,

for those who have been done wrong...

13G's!( Spring 2020 ) + total (2019) 22,000! Time 2 break the bank, baby! $ $ $ Banana

0806 0764 1038 1839 1061 1476 4374 4405   4761  0860 1058 1850 5925 6023 6231 7411 7460 7664 7678  8150 7077 8779 8999 9199 

    Avatar
    Chasing $ Millions.
    White Shores- California
    United States
    Member #136473
    December 12, 2012
    6279 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: September 10, 2019, 1:11 am - IP Logged

    Oh, that's great,

    for those who have been done wrong...

    I don't know about Great, Cassie8620 but the ones who seem to be making off like bandits in this settlement are the attorneys.

    Court documents show Culler spent $63 to purchase tickets in two games he believes were affected by Tipton's scam. MUSL has agreed not to oppose paying 30% of the settlement — $1.29 million — for Culler's legal fees as well as a $20,000 "incentive award" for spearheading the lawsuit.  Those payments will be deducted from the $4.3 million available for refunds.

    l know l am on my 2nd glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, but if Culler spent $ 63.00 and ends up with the lions share of the $4.3 mil settlement- what of those players who can prove they spend say, $300.00 on the game? Do they end up with " just their $300.00" while Cullen and his posse clean house? 

    • The other thing l find puzzling is : What's with the " incentive award for spearheading the lawsuit- isn't that like saying " We paying you $20,000 for coming forward and suing us?"

     * Voice of Reason *   

     

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

      Avatar
      New Member
      New York
      United States
      Member #192418
      September 22, 2018
      1 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: September 10, 2019, 5:23 am - IP Logged

      Good morning are these numbers good for tuesday drawing ? Thanks

        cbr$'s avatar - maren
        100
        Cordova,Al.
        United States
        Member #104478
        January 15, 2011
        11420 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: September 12, 2019, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

        Finally the players are going to be paid. Great. A heavy player like Culler spending $63. on the games he       believe was affected by Tipton's scam is a small thing. Now when anyone can come up with proof that        spend $100. or more twice a week on these game. I wonder if there will be a lot of raised eyebrows. 

          cottoneyedjoe's avatar - cuonvFT

          United States
          Member #197033
          March 28, 2019
          538 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: September 13, 2019, 1:57 am - IP Logged

          Something interesting from the FAQ on the claims website:

          You may claim NO MORE THAN TEN (10) non-winning lottery tickets without accompanying Proofs of Purchase.

          Who would still have old losing lottery tickets from that long ago? LOL. Maybe a hoarder, but they'll never be able to find them. What would be real justice for players would be states collecting on all the money that Tommy and Eddie still owe. Tommy is still living large with multiple properties purchased with fraudulent lottery winnings. Crime does pay after all.

          ... Sooper dooper top seekrit winning numbers: 5 16 17 24 33 52 ...