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
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
N.C. Powerball winner's fiancé jailed for third time this year
By Todd Northrop
The man engaged to the North Carolina woman who claimed a Powerball lottery jackpot share worth $188 million earlier this year was placed back in jail for the third time in less than a year on Monday.
Lamarr Andre McDow, also known as Hot Sauce, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said that McDow turned himself in after being indicted on the charge. He was processed out of the jail a short time lat ...
Oct 20, 2015, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Texas authorities had previously investigated brother of lottery cheat
By Todd Northrop
The outrageous Hot Lotto rigging scandal that started in Iowa is now spreading into other states including Texas. Officials are taking a second look at a $570,000 winning multi-state lottery ticket purchased a decade ago in Colorado by a Central Texas judge.
The investigation does not involve the Texas state lottery.
Tommy Tipton, the subject of the investigation, is a Fayette County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, based in Flatonia. According to records from the T ...
Oct 14, 2015, 10:01 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
Gas station employee stole $850 in lottery tickets, police said
Security footage caught a Twin Stop Chevron employee scratching Idaho lottery tickets on the job and putting the losing ones back for customers to buy, police said.
Kelsee Adams, 20, was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls Magistrate Court on a charge of lottery fraud.
During the last couple of weekends Adams scratched a small portion of about 30 tickets to reveal a four digit number, court documents said.
Adams would then scan the number to see to see if it won a prize. She would place the ...
Aug 25, 2015, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum