Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case
A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million.
Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Des Moines courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will seek two years of probation.
Rhodes says he helped Tipton try to cash a $16.5 million 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto ticket but suspicious officials never paid.
Rhodes agreed to testify against Tipton and his brother, Tommy Tipt ...
Jan 11, 2017, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Former MUSL official received severance amid lottery jackpot scandal
A prominent lottery official who was stripped of power after a subordinate allegedly carried out a prolonged jackpot-rigging scheme received a $284,000 severance payment, a recent tax filing shows.
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) made the payment to its longtime executive director Chuck Strutt as part of a voluntary termination agreement signed March 31, according to its 2016 tax return. The filing, released by the group in response to a request by The AP, also reveals that its leg ...
Jan 10, 2017, 10:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Trials for Tipton brothers charged in lottery scandal delayed
Trials for brothers charged with ongoing criminal conduct in Iowa for allegedly fixing lottery games to collect jackpots have been delayed.
District Court Judge Bradley McCall entered an order Wednesday moving the trial for Eddie Tipton to July 10. His trial had been scheduled to begin Feb. 13.
His brother, Tommy Tipton, a former Texas justice of the peace, was facing trial Jan. 23. His trial date was moved to Sept. 11.
Attorneys for both sides agreed to the rescheduling.
Eddie Tipto ...
Jan 8, 2017, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
Florida store employee arrested for 'micro-scratching' lottery tickets
Includes video report
Authorities say a Florida convenience store clerk was cashing in by cheating, while selling customers worthless lottery tickets.
Lottery officials say he got greedy and tried to cash in too many big winning lottery scratch-off tickets at the Tampa Lottery District Office.
One major red flag was when he tried to claim a $500 winning scratch-off ticket that hadn't even been scratched.
For more than a year, lottery officials believe an employee of a Radiant conveni ...
Jan 6, 2017, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Man files lawsuit over rigged lottery jackpots
Hopes to achieve class action certification
Hundreds of thousands of lottery players who were allegedly cheated by an insider's long-running scheme to rig jackpots should be reimbursed for their losing tickets, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday that seeks class action certification.
Lawyers filed the consumer fraud case against the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Iowa-based nonprofit that helps administer games that are offered by state lotteries. It alleges the association faile ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Philadelphia woman facing 53 charges for threatening PA Lottery
A woman who repeatedly aired her frustration at failing to win a jackpot by making obscene and violent threats against Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters faces 53 charges, police said Wednesday.
Towanda Shields, 47, made dozens of calls over the past eight months to the agency's offices outside Harrisburg, police in Lower Swatara Township said.
From the calls and stuff I've listened to, she's basically completely obsessed with the lottery and the fact that she doesn't win upsets her very m ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Man arrested in lottery winner kidnapping
A Peoria man accused of kidnapping two men from Normal, Illinois, including one who died of a head injury suffered during the incident, demanded the victim's family pay a ransom from lottery winnings, Normal police said Friday.
Danny Smith Jr. 28, is charged with kidnapping Maunds Bryant, 41, and his stepfather from their home in the 100 block of West Raab Road on Dec. 22.
Smith remains in the Peoria County jail in lieu of $300,000 bond. Additional charges are under review by both Peoria a ...
Dec 30, 2016, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum
New Jersey makes case to Supreme Court on sports betting
New Jersey's chances of getting the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its attempt to allow legal sports gambling hinge on how a bedrock constitutional principle is applied.
The state argued in briefs this week that Congress is barred from forcing states to repeal or reinstate their own laws. That's a reference to an issue at the heart of a lawsuit by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, who argue a 1992 federal law barring all but four states from authorizing sports gambling derails N ...
Dec 28, 2016, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery rigger Eddie Tipton facing new Wisconsin charges
A former Iowa lottery security official accused of rigging drawings to win prize money in several states is facing new felony charges in Wisconsin.
A prosecutor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a total of six charges against Eddie Tipton on Thursday, including one count of racketeering, a theft by fraud charge and four computers crimes charges. The charges stem from a suspect December 2007 Megabucks drawing in Wisconsin that allegedly won Tipton and a business associate a prize wo ...
Dec 22, 2016, 9:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Update: Players sue Delaware Lottery for $2M over disputed Keno tickets
Two Delaware men are claiming they haven't seen a penny of the $2 million they say the state lottery owes them after a computer glitch spewed out multiple matching numbers.
John Brookings Jr. and Richard Spence played Keno a bingo-style lottery game in which players can win based on how many numbers they match and how much they wager at a retailer in New Castle County last December, according to the lawsuit.
(See Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware, Lottery Post, Dec. 24, 20 ...
Nov 29, 2016, 1:08 pm - Lottery News forum