Third suspect surrenders in national lottery rigging scandal
A third man charged in a still-unfolding, multi-million dollar lottery rigging scandal investigation surrendered to authorities in Iowa on Thursday, his attorney said.
Robert Clark Rhodes II was arrested last spring in his home state of Texas by authorities there, after Iowa prosecutors charged him with two counts of fraud for helping a then-top lottery security official allegedly rig multiple jackpot drawings.
Rhodes challenged the arrest in court, claiming investigators did not have suff ...
Apr 28, 2016, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
$314 million jackpot puts Powerball back in spotlight
By Todd Northrop
Big lottery jackpot hunters will have a jumbo-sized target this weekend, as the multi-state Powerball jackpot has crossed the $300 million mark.
In fact, the lump-sum cash value of Saturday's $314 million Powerball jackpot is the 17th-largest of all time: $202.9 million. The complete top-25 list of United States lottery jackpot cash values can be found at the end of this article.
Saturday's Powerball jackpot is the biggest US lottery jackpot since the world went bonkers ...
Apr 28, 2016, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Tommy Tipton in lottery rigging case
The latest case in a large-scale lottery rigging scheme is headed to the courtroom next week.
Tommy Tipton turned himself in earlier this month after being charged with ongoing criminal conduct.
Tommy's brother is former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton, who is currently serving prison time for tampering with lottery equipment.
Police say Eddie rigged the Hot Lotto game electronically to win him a jackpot for $16 million in December of 2010.
Prosecutors recently ...
Apr 22, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Boyfriend of NC's $188M Powerball winner gets prison for heroin trafficking
At least she won't have to bail him out again anytime soon
By Todd Northrop
The boyfriend of North Carolina's biggest Powerball winner will spend time in prison and pay a hefty fine as part of a plea agreement in a drug case.
Lamarr McDow, the 32-year-old boyfriend of $188 million Powerball winner Marie Holmes, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic heroin in a Brunswick County, North Carolina, court Wednesday.
McDow, who also goes by the name Hot Sauce , was sentenced ...
Apr 8, 2016, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Investigators find Tipton's software code to rig computerized lottery drawings
Last remaining defense shattered as investigators find and decipher jackpot rigging code
A lottery vendor for years manipulated drawings to enrich himself and associates by installing software code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year, Iowa investigators alleged Wednesday.
Authorities called the newly obtained forensic evidence a breakthrough in the investigation of alleged jackpot-fixing scheme by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-Stat ...
Apr 7, 2016, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer's brother facing criminal charges
The brother of a former Iowa lottery security official convicted of fixing a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing in an attempt to win millions is now facing an Iowa criminal charge of his own, online records show.
Tommy Tipton, of Flatonia, Texas, was booked into the Polk County Jail at about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday on a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct.
He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the jail before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Tipton, 43, resigned his elected position as a Texas justi ...
Apr 6, 2016, 12:50 pm - Lottery News forum
$1M winning lottery ticket sold in Wisconsin goes unclaimed
The Powerball ticket could be at the bottom of a garbage can. Or wedged into a glove compartment. Perhaps it went through the laundry, never to be seen again.
Regardless, the unknown holder of the ticket lost a lot of money. The ticket, purchased in Eau Claire in September, was worth a cool $1 million, but since it wasn't redeemed by the March deadline, the money goes toward property tax relief.
The winner did not come forward, said Stephanie Marquis, communications director for the Wisco ...
Apr 4, 2016, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
MUSL seeks to dismiss lawsuit over rigged jackpot
A group of state lotteries has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a jackpot winner who argues he was shortchanged by millions of dollars because the prior drawing was rigged by one of its employees.
In court documents filed this week, the Multi-State Lottery Association argued that Iowa resident Larry Dawson does not have legal standing to sue because his claimed injury is merely speculative and hypothetical, and therefore cannot be redressed.
Dawson, of Webster City, filed the l ...
Apr 1, 2016, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Parking garage attendant wins lottery, immediately quits job
A New York City parking garage attendant hit the lottery jackpot, promptly quit his job, and now plans to hire his very own chauffeur.
Gregory Velez said he'll be enjoying life on Easy Street after accepting a lump sum $4.63 million after taxes Thursday from the New York Lottery, after nailing all six numbers in a Cash4Life drawing.
I'm going to be like Arthur and get a chauffeur, joked Velez, 58, referencing the 1981 romance flick.
The three-decade garage worker has boredom to thank f ...
Mar 31, 2016, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Washington Mega Millions winner claims $157 million jackpot
A Washington man came forward Thursday to claim the $157 million Mega Millions jackpot from the drawing on March 8.
A lottery spokeswoman said the man's name is Michael Burkett, but no other information about him was released.
Burkett presented the ticket at Washington's Lottery headquarters in Olympia, together with his family, a news release said.
He purchased one $5 Mega Millions ticket at a Seattle-area 7-Eleven (9200 35th Ave, SW Seattle WA 98126) using Quick Pick, the release sai ...
Mar 25, 2016, 3:17 pm - Lottery News forum