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
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
Defense quickly wraps up in Hot Lotto trial
Argues that store video does not show Tipton
Includes video report
The defense rested its case Thursday afternoon about an hour after starting to call witnesses in the trial of a man accused of rigging a Hot Lotto computerized lottery drawing.
Eddie Tipton, 51, is charged with two counts of fraud. He was a lottery security worker who is charged with rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14.3 million jackpot.
This morning a worker at the multi-state lottery spoke of Eddie Tipton ...
Jul 16, 2015, 7:25 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 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