Federal officials work to extradite Jamaican lottery scammers
Jamaican lottery scammer Sanjay Williams got off a plane in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June 2013, on his way to meet with the people who moved money for him. He was promptly arrested by U.S. law enforcement authorities, convicted in May and sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. prison.
While the arrest on American soil spared authorities from extraditing Williams, rounding up his associate in the wide-ranging operation and 13 other suspects still believed to be in Jamaica is proving to be more o ...
Dec 26, 2015, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa man denied $100,000 lottery win because he's underage
A Des Moines, Iowa, man is facing a charge of underage gambling after he collected a $100,000 Iowa Lottery prize this summer.
Iowa Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer says 20-year-old Jobie Boals-Watters brought the winning Mega Crossword instant scratch game ticket to lottery headquarters in Clive on July 30.
At the time, he provided us with information and everything seemed to be on the up and up and the prize was claimed, Neubauer said.
While it's illegal for someone under 21 to purc ...
Dec 24, 2015, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL CHIEF OUSTED OVER JACKPOT-RIGGING SCANDAL
Key industry official has run Powerball from its inception
Bret Toyne appointed interim executive director
A prominent lottery official who has run the Powerball game since its inception was quietly removed from his 28-year post leading the Multi-State Lottery Association after a jackpot-fixing scandal inside his organization got bigger, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
Charles Strutt, executive director of the association since its 1987 founding, was stripped o ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas lottery players questioning game's integrity
Lottery players are now questioning the integrity of the game after learning that rigged lottery tickets were sold in Kansas.
I'm not sure if I'm going to buy lottery tickets anymore or not, because I don't have a chance to win because he is rigging the numbers, said one avid Kansas lottery player.
Lottery ticket holders are angry after finding out that Kansas is the latest state connected to a lottery scandal.
Back in July Eddie Tipton, the former lottery Security Director for the Iow ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme
The names of Mainers who won cash prizes in the Hot Lotto game between 2010 and 2014 have been forwarded to Iowa officials investigating a burgeoning jackpot fixing case that may have affected winnings in at least five states.
Officials with the Maine State Lottery said Hot Lotto winners and prize amounts were shared with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations. To date, investigators have not discovered any link between Maine Hot Lotto winners and Eddie Tipton, a former security offic ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:25 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery assures public no computerized drawings used in state
Disastrous computerized drawing scandal sparks public distrust, even in states with real lotto ball drawings
Other states may be tainted by an alleged lottery scam involving rigged winning numbers, but not South Carolina, says S.C. Education Lottery executive director Paula Harper Bethea.
We don't have the random-number generator in South Carolina, and we don't sell the Hot Lotto game, Bethea said Tuesday in response to a query.
Instead, she said, We do live draws, where a human being ...
Dec 23, 2015, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Prosecutors say Tipton rigged two jackpots he purchased tickets for in Kansas
MUSL computerized drawing scandal now confirmed in 5 states, still looking for more
The former security chief for a national association that operates lotteries personally bought two tickets that won jackpots in Kansas, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have rigged lottery drawings.
Investigators recently linked Kansas jackpots won in 2010 to Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorne ...
Dec 21, 2015, 7:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries
The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs an undetectable software program in the computers that pick winning numbers so he can know them in advance. He enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they enrich themselves for years until a misstep unravels their high-tech scheme.
Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been accused of tampering with drawings in four states over a six-year pe ...
Dec 18, 2015, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee woman charged with stealing ex-husband's $50,000 lottery prize
McMinnville, Tennessee, police have arrested a woman accused of stealing an unsigned $50,000 lottery ticket and then cashing it in herself.
Imagine winning a $50,000 lottery jackpot only to see someone else cash it in? That's what happened to one mid-state man.
Kimberly Milstead had the winning ticket. She signed it, and went to the Tennessee Lottery Commission to collect, but surveillance video showed that she didn't purchase the ticket.
This should have been me right here, said Jeff ...
Dec 18, 2015, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery winner accused of grand theft
The man who claimed a half-million dollar Florida Lottery prize a few days ago was determining Friday how much money he would need to post bail after police took him into custody on a warrant.
Giovanni Sanchez, 27, of the 1600 block of Southeast Tiffany Club Place, Port St. Lucie, was charged Friday afternoon with grand theft, three counts of trafficking in stolen property and three counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. He was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail Friday afterno ...
Dec 12, 2015, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum