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The daily lottery was originally a Harlem game — then the government wanted in
By Bridgett M. Davis In the early 1920s, Casper Holstein, a black man from the Danish West Indies who worked as a porter for a Fifth Avenue store, liked to study the Clearing House totals published in a year's worth of newspapers he'd saved. The Clearing House was an operation that managed the exchanges of money among New York City banks on a daily basis. It occurred to Holstein that the numbers printed were different every day. Until then, lottery games existed, but the winning numbers we ...
Mar 1, 2019, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum

Identical winning numbers crop up in hundreds of U.S. lotteries. Are the drawings really random?
By Jason Clayworth America's popular and lucrative lottery drawings, in which computers randomly select numbers that turn a lucky few into instant millionaires, may not be as random as they seem. In dozens of the games across the United States, identical winning numbers have been generated within weeks or months of each other sometimes in consecutive drawings, a Des Moines Register investigation shows. Lottery officials, even some who have previously acknowledged concern with the nation ...
Jan 31, 2019, 11:49 am - 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

Feds bust up illegal fantasy football lottery scheme
A business pairing the enormously popular fantasy football leagues with the Georgia Lottery must have looked like a money-making combination. Two eager investors thought so and forked out $500,000 in loans to the Atlanta man who hatched the idea of a fantasy football lottery league. But Timothy Cobb, a former lawyer who once worked for Turner Broadcasting System, was running a scam, according to allegations in a federal indictment unsealed this week. Cobb is no longer engaging in fantasy, ...
Dec 1, 2018, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum

HGTV's 'My Lottery Dream Home' Season 5 premiere wins record ratings
By Todd Northrop The Season 5 premiere of HGTV's My Lottery Dream Home just scored the series' best Nielsen numbers ever, hauling in 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.85 rating among adults 25-54. You could say Host David Bromstad has hit the jackpot. Episode 501 of My Lottery Dream Home, which premiered on Friday, Sept. 21 from 9-9:30 p.m., was the No. 3 cable show in the time slot in the all-important demographic. The evening ended up being HGTV's highest-rated Friday night in the ...
Sep 26, 2018, 8:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Chase the Ace lottery dispute settled between aunt and nephew
A family dispute over a $1.2 million lottery prize won in July was settled Monday after a five-hour settlement conference. In July, Barbara Reddick of Guysborough and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis of Glace Bay were announced as the winners of the $1.2 million prize in the Chase the Ace lottery held in Margaree Forks. Immediately following the presentation, Reddick served verbal notice to her nephew that she was taking him to court to claim the full prize. They each received $611,319.50. ( ...
Sep 17, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum

The man who won the lottery 14 times (part 2)
Just after 11 PM on February 15, 1992, a lottery ball machine at the Virginia State Lottery HQ spit out 6 winning numbers on live television: 8... 11... 13... 15... 19... 20. In the coming days, officials would find out that one person had secured not only the $27,036,142 jackpot, but 6 second prizes, 132 third prizes, and 135 minor prizes collectively worth another $900k. What unfolded next was the strangest, most improbable lottery tale in history one involving thousands of international ...
Aug 27, 2018, 6:56 pm - Lottery News forum

The man who won the lottery 14 times (part 1)
Just after 11 PM on February 15, 1992, a lottery ball machine at the Virginia State Lottery HQ spit out 6 winning numbers on live television: 8... 11... 13... 15... 19... 20. In the coming days, officials would find out that one person had secured not only the $27,036,142 jackpot, but 6 second prizes, 132 third prizes, and 135 minor prizes collectively worth another $900k. What unfolded next was the strangest, most improbable lottery tale in history one involving thousands of international ...
Aug 20, 2018, 7:29 pm - Lottery News forum

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