Lottery winner invested $3M in crystal meth ring
Georgia man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gun charges
A Georgia man who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game last year invested his winnings in a crystal meth trafficking ring, according to federal prosecutors.
Ronnie Music Jr., 45, pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges.
Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said. As a result of ...
Jul 26, 2016, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut men charged with rigging machines in lottery scheme
Investigators uncover more than 20 retailers suspected of cheating
State authorities continue to investigate the rigging of a Connecticut Lottery game they say increased the number of winning tickets and the payout to retailers.
One store, operated by two Wallingford men charged earlier this year, took in over $200,000 in additional prize payouts due to the scheme, authorities say.
Rahul Gandhi and Prakunj Patel, both of 37 Jobs Road, Wallingford, were arrested in March by the state Dep ...
Jul 13, 2016, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Eddie Tipton's new trial delayed until 2017
The second trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in five states will be postponed until next year.
An Iowa prosecutor and Eddie Tipton's attorney told a judge Wednesday they've agreed to a Feb. 13 trial date. The judge hasn't yet set a location for the trial.
The former information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) was convicted last year of fraud for attempting to rig a 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto drawing. He's appealing.
After his convic ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging trial to be moved out of Des Moines
New venue to be determined later
A new felony trial for a former Iowa lottery security official already convicted of scheming to win a $16.5 million jackpot will be moved out of Des Moines, a judge has ruled.
Eddie Tipton, formerly an information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted last year of two fraud counts stemming from an attempt to rig a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing and claim the winning ticket purchased at a Des Moines QuikTrip.
After his convictio ...
Jun 27, 2016, 2:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Scientific Games says exec stole company secrets
A company that works with more than 40 state lotteries in the U.S. and several overseas says in court filings that a key executive orchestrated a massive theft of its most-prized secrets before he resigned to accept a position with a rival company.
Scientific Games International Inc. is asking a federal judge to prevent the information from being used outside the company in the multibillion-dollar lottery industry.
The company, with offices in Alpharetta, Georgia, filed the civil lawsuit W ...
Jun 24, 2016, 12:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Thieves target scratch-off lottery tickets in 'snatch-and-grab'
Includes video report
Throughout the Baltimore region police are looking for a man and a woman who have teamed up to steal hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth in Maryland Lottery tickets from area convenience stores.
It happened again recently at a 7-Eleven on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn. The male theft suspect opens the door for his female accomplice and a customer before going into action action captured by the store's multiple security cameras.
Our own system has 16 cameras i ...
Jun 24, 2016, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Convicted computerized drawing fraudster argues Iowa court appeal
The attorney for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in several states argued Thursday that his client's conviction last year on fraud charges should be thrown out.
Eddie Tipton, the former Multi-State Lottery Association computer security director, appealed his July 2015 convictions related to fixing an Iowa Hot Lotto game in 2010, which resulted in a 10-year prison sentence. He is free on bond during the appeal.
Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, told a three-judge Iowa Co ...
Jun 16, 2016, 8:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery murderer recaptured
The suspect accused of murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has now been caught, after he escaped from prison Wednesday.
Officials found Earnest Holcomb in Ocilla around 8:20 p.m. Thursday evening.
Authorities followed up on a tip that led to Holcomb's capture, they aren't releasing specific details about where he was found to protect the identity of the tipster. But Sheriff Bobby McLemore did say that he was found hiding underneath an Ocilla house.
Holcomb escaped from the Ben Hill Count ...
Jun 10, 2016, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Suspect accused of murdering lottery winner escapes from Georgia prison
One of the people charged with murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has escaped from a south Georgia prison, authorities say.
Earnest Anthony Holcomb, 28, got away from the Ben Hill County facility about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Bobby McLemore said. Holcomb was in the exercise yard when he made it onto the roof and slipped out of his jumpsuit before running away.
Authorities still don't know how Holcomb escaped, since there are 40 cameras in the area, McLemore said.
Holcomb and six ot ...
Jun 9, 2016, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
South Florida musician gets prison term for lottery fraud
A South Florida musician who helped funnel money from elderly victims of a $500,000 lottery hoax was sentenced Tuesday to three years and five months in federal prison.
Delroy Drummond, aka Top Banga, 26, of Hollywood and Miami Gardens, admitted he worked with allies who contacted seniors all over the U.S. and duped them into believing they had won a lottery prize.
The victims were told they had to pre-pay several thousands of dollars in taxes and fees before their winnings could be turned ...
Jun 1, 2016, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum