Lottery security chief: Rigging computerized game "sadly" possible
Lottery Post alerted the industry to this possibility 11 years ago
The top threat to any lottery's integrity is its own information technology employees, a former lottery security chief told jurors in the trial for his coworker accused of rigging a Hot Lotto drawing to win a $14.3 million ticket.
Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Multi-State Lottery organization, testified Wednesday that it's sadly possible his friend and former coworker, Eddie Tipton, installed a maliciou ...
Jul 15, 2015, 6:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Trial underway in world's biggest lottery fraud case
Includes video report
The first witnesses, including the lottery's vice president of security, took the stand Tuesday after opening statements in the trial of a former lottery worker charged in the Hot Lotto mystery winner case.
The trial for Eddie Tipton is being held in a Polk County courtroom. Tipton, 51, is charged with two counts of fraud.
Tuesday afternoon, Steve Bogle, Iowa Lottery vice president for security, took the witness stand and talked about why people hired by the lotter ...
Jul 14, 2015, 8:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Time running out for $7 million NY lottery winner to claim prize
The buyer of a top prize-winning lottery ticket worth $7 million has just two weeks left to claim their windfall or lose it forever.
A Brooklyn deli sold the $7 million multi-state Cash4Life ticket last July.
The purchase was made at the Milky Way Deli at 1669 Ralph Ave. in Flatlands.
It was for the July 24, 2014 Cash4Life drawing meaning the owner has until this July 24 to redeem it.
If nobody comes forward, the $7 million goes back in the pot, lottery officials said.
Time is ru ...
Jul 10, 2015, 3:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Rural Kansas couple wins $9.85 million Hot Lotto jackpot
When Stephen Harrod checked his Hot Lotto ticket in the early morning on July 2nd to find out the prize amount, the convenience store clerk couldn't believe her eyes.
She scanned (the ticket) and she went 'oh my,' Harrod said as he recounted the story later that afternoon at the Kansas Lottery headquarters, 128 N. Kansas Ave. She got her glasses and wrote it down on a piece of paper and gave it to me. I said, 'no way.'
The computer showed Harrod had hit the $9.85 million Hot Lotto jackpo ...
Jul 10, 2015, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball changing in October to generate bigger jackpots
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Powerball game will be changing in October, making it harder to win the jackpot, while at the same time making it easier to win a smaller prize.
With the state lotteries becoming reliant upon big multi-state jackpot games driving ticket sales, the long streak of Powerball jackpots being won before reaching historic levels has crimped state budgets. The October changes are designed to fix that problem by forcing the jackpot to be won less often.
After the ...
Jul 8, 2015, 10:30 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
Arizona $188.9M Powerball winner claims prize
By Todd Northrop
Arizona Lottery officials say the winner of the $188.9 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize from the June 3 drawing.
The Powerball prize money was claimed well within the 180-day time period that is given to the winner to claim the money.
According to an AP report, the winner asked not to be identified, and lottery officials didn't release any details on the person's gender, age or hometown Tuesday.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers overwhel ...
Jun 16, 2015, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia man claims three $1 million prizes
A Chesterfield, Virginia, man has cashed in three Mega Millions lottery tickets worth $1 million each.
Don Wilson, Virginia newest millionaire, said money does not turn him on.
It's just money. There is stuff in life that is so much more important than money. Money takes away some concerns and things, but money is not going to add anything of value to your life. Just stuff, Wilson said.
Wilson said the winning numbers 2, 9, 11, 22, 23, with Mega Ball number 12 were a combination of fam ...
Jun 10, 2015, 3:51 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