Corrections officer charged with forging lottery ticket worth $20,000
An Illinois correctional officer has been charged with forging a lottery ticket worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Darrell Barry, 46, is charged in Cook County with a felony count of fraud and a felony count of violation of Illinois lottery law, Illinois State Police said in a statement.
Barry turned himself into the custody of state police on July 12 at the Chicago Police District 1 headquarters, 1718 S. State St., state police said.
He allegedly attempted to cash an altered Illinois ...
Jul 19, 2019, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Key player in Jamaican lottery scam sentenced to 4 years
A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling.
Melinda Bulgin, 29, of Providence, received a sentence that was 10 years less than prosecutors had sought.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said Bulgin's role in the scam was not on the level of others who received lesser sentences than the 14 years requested by prosecutors, The Bi ...
Jul 12, 2019, 8:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man pleads guilty in lottery tax fraud scheme
A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in a scheme to buy millions of dollars' worth of winning Massachusetts State Lottery tickets at a discount to help the ticket holders avoid taxes, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Clarance Jones, 80, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was arrested last fall and charged with tax fraud and filing false tax returns. Law enforcement authorities alleged he used a 10-percenting ploy to become the nation's top lottery winner.
Under th ...
May 22, 2019, 6:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules
Lucky Larry may have a shot to win millions more this time from a jury.
A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
Dawson filed his lawsuit in 2016 after an investigation revealed that lottery contractor Eddie Tipton rigged the previous $16.5 million jackpot, bought the winning ticket himself and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim it.
May 17, 2019, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery-scamming brothers avoid asset seizures by transferring property to their mother
By Jason Clayworth
Two brothers who were behind the largest lottery scam in U.S. history and owe more than $2.3 million in unpaid restitution and court fees recently transferred several properties they owned to their mother.
The transfers from Eddie and Tommy Tipton have raised further questions about why four states Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado have yet to seize their properties.
It has been about two years since the brothers admitted their role in a scam that hijacked lott ...
Apr 29, 2019, 9:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery lawsuit granted class action, affecting 7.2 million tickets in 19 states
By Jason Clayworth
A judge has granted class-action status in a lawsuit that claims people who purchased at least 7.2 million lottery tickets in 19 states were scammed by a former national lottery IT director who worked in Iowa.
Eddie Tipton, the former IT director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Urbandale, added a secret code to random number-generating computer software in 2005 that allowed him to narrow the drawing's winning odds from as great as 5 million to 1 down to 200 to ...
Jan 28, 2019, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Lawyers seek to depose lottery fraud mastermind in prison
Lawyers pursuing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of lottery customers nationwide are seeking to interview the jailed insider who allegedly rigged jackpots for himself and others for years.
The lawyers said in a court filing Friday they want to take the deposition of Eddie Tipton at the prison in Clarinda, Iowa, to gather information for their case against the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Judge Michael Huppert recently granted class-action status to the case, which involves customers w ...
Jan 21, 2019, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Investigation finds lottery scamming Tipton brothers have repaid virtually nothing
By Jason Clayworth and Rachel Denny Clow
Two brothers who spearheaded the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history have repaid less than $1,400 in restitution despite owning property worth nearly $2 million, a Des Moines Register and Corpus Christi Caller Times investigation has found.
Between them, Eddie and Tommy Tipton have admitted rigging winning drawings in at least five states, including Iowa, worth a combined $24 million.
But they have barely made a dent in the more than $2.4 millio ...
Dec 27, 2018, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
US woman convicted in Jamaican lottery scam to remain jailed
A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funnelling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing, where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind.
Her hands were all over the conspiracy that authorities said bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million, US District Judge Daniel Hovland said at the end of a contentious detention hearing in which M ...
Dec 5, 2018, 2:28 pm - Lottery News forum
British man charged with fraudulently claiming £2.5 million lottery jackpot
Faked winning ticket?
A man who won 2.5 Million in the UK's National Lottery appeared in court today accused of faking the winning ticket.
Edward Putman, 53, made his first appearance in the crown court following a three year police investigation.
But, in a preliminary hearing, his barrister Lawrence Selby told St. Albans Crown Court that Putman would be making an application to dismiss the charge.
In October, Putman appeared before magistrates to plead not guilty to fraud by false r ...
Nov 26, 2018, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum