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$188 million lottery winner arrested on marijuana charges
North Carolina single mother Marie Holmes, who won the $188 million Powerball lottery in February, was arrested on July 23 for marijuana possession. Officers also arrested three other people from her home in Shallotte, North Carolina. Holmes took home a lump sum $88 million after taxes in February. When she won, the 26-year-old single mother reportedly quit both of her jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald's to care for her four young children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. (See N.C. Powerball l ...
Jul 27, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum

Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing
Jurors convicted a former Iowa lottery security official of two counts of fraud Monday for rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win $14.3 million. The jury's verdict came after three days of witness testimony last week in the case against Eddie Tipton, 52, who faces up to 10 years in prison. It's believed to be the first prosecution of a person accused of tampering with lottery equipment to manipulate a draw. Tipton stared straight ahead with his hands folded as the verdict was read, showing no ...
Jul 20, 2015, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum

$1M lottery winner admits stealing from cancer-stricken brother's business
When Manuel Buginga found out his sister had been embezzling money from his Brockton construction business for years he didn't know what to do. Buginga said he was even more shocked to learn that she increased the amount she had been stealing after she found out he had been diagnosed with cancer and also after she won $1 million on a scratch ticket just two months prior. In March 2012, Buginga was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. With the news of his cancer he went to review his bank acco ...
Jul 19, 2015, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum

Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations
Attorneys gave their closing arguments Friday in the fraud case against a former lottery vendor employee accused of manipulating a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket. Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. He has been accused of buying the winning Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. Tipton was defined by Iowa law as a prohibited player in his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, or ...
Jul 17, 2015, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum

Defense quickly wraps up in Hot Lotto trial
Argues that store video does not show Tipton Includes video report The defense rested its case Thursday afternoon about an hour after starting to call witnesses in the trial of a man accused of rigging a Hot Lotto computerized lottery drawing. Eddie Tipton, 51, is charged with two counts of fraud. He was a lottery security worker who is charged with rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14.3 million jackpot. This morning a worker at the multi-state lottery spoke of Eddie Tipton ...
Jul 16, 2015, 7:25 pm - Lottery News forum

Prosecution rests in Hot Lotto trial
The defense began calling witnesses Thursday morning in the trial against a former lottery vendor employee accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket. Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. Tipton has been accused of purchasing the winning ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. In his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton was barred by Iowa law from buying a lottery ticket. ...
Jul 16, 2015, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery security chief: Rigging computerized game "sadly" possible
Lottery Post alerted the industry to this possibility 11 years ago The top threat to any lottery's integrity is its own information technology employees, a former lottery security chief told jurors in the trial for his coworker accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket. Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Multi-State Lottery organization, testified Wednesday that it's sadly possible his friend and former coworker, Eddie Tipton, installed a maliciou ...
Jul 15, 2015, 6:23 pm - Lottery News forum

Trial underway in world's biggest lottery fraud case
Includes video report The first witnesses, including the lottery's vice president of security, took the stand Tuesday after opening statements in the trial of a former lottery worker charged in the Hot Lotto mystery winner case. The trial for Eddie Tipton is being held in a Polk County courtroom. Tipton, 51, is charged with two counts of fraud. Tuesday afternoon, Steve Bogle, Iowa Lottery vice president for security, took the witness stand and talked about why people hired by the lotter ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery ticket thief gets prison term shortened
An appeals court shortened the prison term for lottery-ticket thief Andy Ashkar by at least three-and-a-half years, reducing a sentence imposed by a judge because it was unduly harsh and severe. In a decision filed on Friday, the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department shortened Ashkar's total sentence to between five and 15 years, the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren in 2013. Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph E. Fahey, offended by the ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum

Inside the biggest lottery scam ever
Former MUSL employee denies rigging Hot Lotto drawing It was two days before Christmas in 2010 and Eddie Tipton had a $16.5 million lottery winner in his pocket. Sporting a hooded jacket, the stocky 47-year-old approached a silver-haired clerk at the counter of an Iowa-based Quik Trip market at around 3:30 p.m., stacking on the counter $3.17 worth of hot dogs, a fountain soda and two tickets. But Tipton didn't need Lady Luck. The Quik Trip purchase was phase two of a crafty plan to take ...
Jul 7, 2015, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum

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