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
Iraqi's Oregon jackpot raises questions on lottery sales
The man from Baghdad showed up unannounced this month in a state office building in Salem, Ore., with a piece of paper in his hand that he said was worth $6.4 million. He politely asked that his name be kept quiet, then told state officials that he had set up a local bank account into which they should deposit money annually. And then he went away, richer and more mysterious than when he arrived.
It was not an ordinary day at the Oregon Lottery.
The story started with small details, lotter ...
Dec 13, 2015, 3:34 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
HOT LOTTO DRAWING CHEAT CHARGED WITH RIGGING MORE JACKPOTS
Computerized drawing nightmare: Colorado, Wisconsin jackpots may have been rigged
Authorities say criminal enterprise ongoing for years
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Authorities on Friday filed new charges against a former Iowa Lottery security officer who was convicted months ago of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot.
Authorities are now asking the public to report any similar cases around the country.
Representatives for the Iowa Lottery a ...
Oct 9, 2015, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum
In lotteries, lucky numbers will only win you less
It goes without saying the chance of winning the lottery is minuscule. But if you play the numbers, you should know that certain tactics commonly used to make picks reduce the likelihood of collecting the maximum payout.
Grab a pencil, and we'll try it out.
Let's say a $1 lottery ticket allows you to choose six numbers between 1 and 75. Write down your choices and make a mental note regarding the significance of each one.
If you are like many people, you picked numbers with personal mea ...
Oct 9, 2015, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket printer grants rare peek at operations
For about 30 minutes this afternoon, Pollard Banknote took the unusual step of stopping its new, instant-lottery ticket press so it could show it off.
We're halting production for a few minutes, not withstanding the fact we've got to get tickets out the door still to pay for this sucker, Doug Pollard, the company's co-CEO with his brother John, said as the din of the press in Ypsilanti was quieted. But we'll fire it back up after.
A mostly family-owned company based in Winnipeg, Canada, ...
Sep 22, 2015, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Places mobile app featured on Discovery Channel
Lottery store locator app works on iPhone, Android and Windows
Includes video report
How many lottery tickets go unpurchased every day because people with an urge to play the lottery right now aren't sure where they can buy tickets?
That's a question a new mobile app hopes to eliminate, by giving everyone a quick and easy and free way to find the nearest lottery retailers.
The app is called Lottery Places, and it will be featured on the Discovery Channel Friday morning, Aug. 7, on th ...
Aug 6, 2015, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
New mobile app finds nearest lottery retailers
'Lottery Places' supported on all major mobile devices
For the first time lottery players have a simple way to find a store to buy lottery tickets no matter where they are.
Lottery Places, a new mobile app available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, finds your current location and instantly displays the nearest lottery retailers.
As the on-screen map is panned and zoomed with common gestures, additional lottery retailers are found and displayed in real-time. Touching a retailer rev ...
Jun 17, 2015, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
Disney chooses director for upcoming lottery movie
By Todd Northrop
Annie director Will Gluck is teaming with Walt Disney Studios to direct an untitled lottery movie based on the actual events of a Spanish lottery jackpot win.
The project, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy, is being retooled to feature a female protagonist and does not yet have a name.
The story centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town except her wins a lottery. However, this appare ...
May 29, 2015, 7:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Court rules grandmother, 90, will receive $1.85 instead of $41M jackpot
As a 90-year-old grandmother, Pauline McKee tries to maintain a sweet disposition.
When she played a penny slot machine that told her she had won more than $41 million, the Antioch woman remained pretty calm. That was nice, she said, recalling her reaction. Very nice.
And when she learned on Friday that the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the casino does not have to pay her the big bucks, McKee took it stoically.
Instead, she won a mere $1.85 on the bet.
I had my doubts from the start, be ...
Apr 26, 2015, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum