The USA's 'luckiest' lottery players may not be as lucky as they seem
On, Dec. 29, 2016, Clarance Jones did something that most Americans could scarcely imagine: He cashed-in 20 winning scratch-off tickets, collectively worth $21,000, one after the other.
For the average lottery player, that would be the ultimate payday. For Jones, it was practically routine.
In the past six years, the 79-year-old from Lynn, Mass., has won more than 7,300 lottery tickets, totaling $10.8 million. That establishes him, by far, as the luckiest lottery player in America.
Sep 19, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging mastermind sentenced to 25 years in prison
A former lottery security chief was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for rigging the computerized lottery drawings in several states so he could collect the jackpots.
Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), received the maximum sentence from an Iowa judge, who mentioned Tipton's greed in his sentencing.
I certainly regret my actions, Tipton told the court. It's difficult even saying that with all the people that I know behind me that ...
Aug 22, 2017, 4:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery game sparks gambling fever in eastern Canada
A Canadian lottery game used to raise money for charity has brought gambling fever to the city of St John's in the remote eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Chase the Ace is a lottery game popular all over Canada's east coast, and often raises money for charity.
The winner of each week's draw gets to pick one card out of a deck; the ace of spades wins the jackpot.
A record-breaking-million-dollar game has attracted thousands of people to the Goulds area of St John's.
Jul 24, 2017, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries losing revenue to 'jackpot fatigue' and casinos
The biggest loser in the lottery game? Increasingly, it's the states that rely on lottery revenue, as fewer people are buying tickets of chance.
In 22 of the 44 states with lotteries, revenue declined between 2014 and 2015, the most recent year for comprehensive data, the Pew Charitable Trusts reported Thursday. Twenty-one states experienced declines from 2013 to 2014.
In 2016, lottery revenue fell 3.3% in Missouri, more recent data shows, while it fell 3.2% in Rhode Island and 2.6% in Wes ...
Jul 14, 2017, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging accomplice used Wisconsin payout for offshore tax scam
After Robert Rhodes collected a Wisconsin Lottery jackpot that had been rigged by his friend Eddie Tipton, he used the windfall for an investment scheme that produced another wave of undeserved government money, court records show.
Rhodes, an accomplice in a scandal that has shaken state lotteries, recently explained under oath how he used the $783,000 payout to receive an additional $180,000 in bogus tax refunds. The Texas businessman sent his lottery winnings offshore to buy a phony insuran ...
Jul 6, 2017, 6:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Bahamas 'web shop' accused of failing to pay winners
Says Iowa and Indiana lotteries 'teamed up' on them
Irate patrons of Paradise Games, a Bahamas web shop, yesterday vowed to take their business elsewhere amid accusations the gaming house has refused to reward tens of thousands of dollars in winnings.
The customers, on the request of anonymity, allege after playing numbers and winning nearly $60,000 on one ticket and another $32,000 on an additional ticket in the 'Early Iowa' game, they were given the run around by Paradise Games and ultim ...
Jul 6, 2017, 11:04 am - Lottery News forum
IT'S OFFICIAL: Tipton pleads guilty to rigging computerized lottery drawings
The cyber security expert and brainpower behind a lottery rigging scandal that netted $2 million in illegal winnings from five state lotteries pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct charge.
For the first time in an Iowa courtroom, Eddie Tipton admitted to playing a central role in the rigging scheme after more than two years of adamant denials in the face of mounting evidence against him.
Pursuant a plea agreement, Tipton, 54, now faces spending up to 25 yea ...
Jun 29, 2017, 10:52 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery jackpot rigger's Iowa convictions dismissed
Has little practical impact on case
The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed the conviction of an Iowa man who just last week pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related with rigging lottery computers in order to win jackpots.
The court issued a ruling Friday dismissing Eddie Tipton's conviction for tampering with lottery equipment. The ruling said the statute of limitations on one of the counts against him had expired and improper instructions given on the other count could have influe ...
Jun 23, 2017, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
The 5 lottery jackpots Tipton and his friends stole
Eddie Tipton, the now-infamous former security chief at the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), is accused of installing software on Random Number Generators that allowed him to predict winning combinations for drawings that occurred on three dates every non-leap year Nov. 23, Dec. 29 and May 27.
So far, Tipton and his associates have been linked to winning tickets in five states between 2005 and 2011. Here are the details:
Colorado, Nov. 23, 2005: Tipton's brother Tommy Tipton, a Tex ...
Jun 20, 2017, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
FBI missed rigged jackpot in 2006 before lottery scheme grew
Investigators were suspicious in 2006 when they heard that a rural Texas judge was trying to exchange $450,000 in consecutively marked bills.
But Tommy Tipton, a Fayette County magistrate, told the FBI that his actions were innocent, if odd: He won the Colorado lottery but couldn't tell his wife because gambling was against their Christian faith. The FBI accepted the story and dropped its inquiry of Tipton, who soon bought a new truck and more property around the town of Flatonia, 110 miles ( ...
Jun 19, 2017, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum