Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing
Jurors convicted a former Iowa lottery security official of two counts of fraud Monday for rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win $14.3 million.
The jury's verdict came after three days of witness testimony last week in the case against Eddie Tipton, 52, who faces up to 10 years in prison. It's believed to be the first prosecution of a person accused of tampering with lottery equipment to manipulate a draw.
Tipton stared straight ahead with his hands folded as the verdict was read, showing no ...
Jul 20, 2015, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
$1M lottery winner admits stealing from cancer-stricken brother's business
When Manuel Buginga found out his sister had been embezzling money from his Brockton construction business for years he didn't know what to do.
Buginga said he was even more shocked to learn that she increased the amount she had been stealing after she found out he had been diagnosed with cancer and also after she won $1 million on a scratch ticket just two months prior.
In March 2012, Buginga was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. With the news of his cancer he went to review his bank acco ...
Jul 19, 2015, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations
Attorneys gave their closing arguments Friday in the fraud case against a former lottery vendor employee accused of manipulating a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket.
Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. He has been accused of buying the winning Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. Tipton was defined by Iowa law as a prohibited player in his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, or ...
Jul 17, 2015, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Prosecution rests in Hot Lotto trial
The defense began calling witnesses Thursday morning in the trial against a former lottery vendor employee accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket.
Eddie Tipton, 52, is being tried on two counts of fraud. Tipton has been accused of purchasing the winning ticket at a Des Moines QuikTrip on Dec. 23, 2010. In his former position as the information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton was barred by Iowa law from buying a lottery ticket.
Jul 16, 2015, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief gets prison term shortened
An appeals court shortened the prison term for lottery-ticket thief Andy Ashkar by at least three-and-a-half years, reducing a sentence imposed by a judge because it was unduly harsh and severe.
In a decision filed on Friday, the Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department shortened Ashkar's total sentence to between five and 15 years, the amount requested by Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Doren in 2013.
Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph E. Fahey, offended by the ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Australian lottery winner accused of hiding win reaches deal with pool members
A group of people who sued a Melbourne, Australia, co-worker after he allegedly failed to distribute the winnings of a AU$16.6 million (US$12.3 million) lottery pool ticket have reportedly struck a deal with him.
However that deal may not include an agreement to share the jackpot with the members of his lotto pool.
The Geelong man is accused of keeping the big win to himself, cheating the other members of the pool out of their share of the $16.6 million group draw last October.
A Curren ...
Jul 13, 2015, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Inside the biggest lottery scam ever
Former MUSL employee denies rigging Hot Lotto drawing
It was two days before Christmas in 2010 and Eddie Tipton had a $16.5 million lottery winner in his pocket.
Sporting a hooded jacket, the stocky 47-year-old approached a silver-haired clerk at the counter of an Iowa-based Quik Trip market at around 3:30 p.m., stacking on the counter $3.17 worth of hot dogs, a fountain soda and two tickets.
But Tipton didn't need Lady Luck. The Quik Trip purchase was phase two of a crafty plan to take ...
Jul 7, 2015, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum
$136M Powerball winner sued for 'dooring' cyclist
Anthony Perosi Jr. wasn't the only one who got lucky when he scored a $136 million Powerball win so did a bicyclist who got doored by his pickup.
The Staten Island plumber is being sued by Kieran Del Pasqua, who says he was sent flying when Perosi opened the door of his Ford F150 in a bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The 40-year-old Internet exec had no chance to stop in the May 27 accident and slammed into the door, his Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says.
He required surgery and now ...
Jun 22, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to release salaries
The Wyoming Lottery board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Monday to release salary information for board members and employees.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he will distribute the salary information Tuesday.
After the salary issue was decided, the board passed a provisional budget for the upcoming fiscal year with $27 million in projected revenues but didn't have copies of the projections for the public to view.
Since April, local media and lotto officials have disagreed on whether the sa ...
Jun 16, 2015, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Extradition trial begins this week in $16.5M Hot Lotto fraud case
Legal wheels turning after rigged Hot Lotto drawing uncovered
After months of investigation and legal wrangling, legal actions against two men accused of rigging a multi-state Hot Lotto computerized drawing are proceeding.
When Sugar Land, Texas, resident Robert C. Rhodes endorsed Eddie Tipton on the professional networking website LinkedIn, he deemed his friend and former business partner as someone very focused on the bottom line and someone he would work with again in a second.
Jun 7, 2015, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum