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
Former Ohio Lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets
By Todd Northrop
A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.
David Dragelevich, 40, was sentenced Monday morning by a Mahoning County judge to five years probation and will have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to theft back in August.
An Ohio Inspector General's office report released last May said Dragelevich would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then ent ...
Dec 1, 2015, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say
Ticket was sold in Oklahoma
A $1.2 million jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket sold in Oklahoma in 2011 has been connected to a former security official of a multi-state lottery vendor accused of rigging lotteries in four different states, a lottery official said Friday.
Oklahoma Lottery Director Rollo Redburn said a criminal investigation in Iowa has been expanded to include the winning ticket sold at the Miki Mart in Idabel in November 2011.
Eddie Tipton, a former security director of th ...
Nov 21, 2015, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
NJ man goes on 10-store, 900-ticket lotto theft spree
An alleged lottery ticket thief was not lucky enough to get away with stealing 900 New Jersey Lottery tickets, let alone hit the potential $5 million jackpot, according to police.
An investigation led police to arrest Andrew Miller, 20, of Scotch Plains, on Monday, and charge him with a slew of ticket thefts, said Springfield Township Det. Lt. Judd Levenson, the department's spokesman.
Miller was found in Scotch Plains on Monday at 12:30 p.m. after Springfield police determined he had sto ...
Nov 17, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
One in hospital, one in jail after lottery ticket fight
One man is in the hospital and a second is in jail Monday after an argument over lottery tickets at a San Francisco, California, market turned violent.
The incident happened at about 3:50 p.m. Friday at Bernal Heights Market near 30th and Mission streets in the Mission District.
The dispute involved the suspect, a man wearing a blue cap, who allegedly attacked the victim, who can be seen in surveillance video wearing a black jacket with an orange shirt underneath.
Minutes later, they g ...
Nov 10, 2015, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum