Iowa Lottery wins International Gaming-Compliance award for work in lottery rigging investigation
Long-running case culminated in 2017 guilty pleas from three men
The Iowa Lottery has won an international gaming-compliance award for its work in the long-running lottery jackpot investigation that uncovered fraud against U.S. lotteries and resulted in guilty pleas from three men.
GamblingCompliance on Wednesday named the Iowa Lottery its 2018 recipient for outstanding achievement in compliance. The organization's annual awards that recognize excellence in 11 categories focused on regulat ...
Apr 19, 2018, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona
One machine was broken, the other generated 'apparently valid results'
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery released the report last month from the Multi-State Lottery Association's (MUSL) investigation of a computerized drawing malfunction that caused the same winning numbers to be generated in successive drawings.
When lottery drawings are discussed or envisioned by members of the public, one imagines a spinning drum of numbered balls from which the lucky winning numbers are drawn. I ...
Apr 11, 2018, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Infamous lottery scammer says US computerized lottery drawings remain fatally flawed
Eddie Tipton warned them.
As the head of IT at the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton pulled aside his boss and told him the computer software that randomly selected the winning numbers for million-dollar games in as many as 17 states had a terrible flaw.
It wasn't really random.
Though his boss listened, Tipton told state investigators that other officials with the nation's chief lottery system did not. They told him to fix it, then moved on.
A disgruntled Tipton made some upda ...
Mar 19, 2018, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
How a gaming geek with a checkered past pulled off the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history
Eddie Tipton jotted down the numbers on a yellow sticky note as he sat at his desk in Urbandale more than a decade ago.
Around him were more sticky notes filled with number sets that he carefully wrote down as they spun up on his computer screen. The numbers were generated by a cryptic two-line software code Tipton had planted in his employer's computer system at the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The office building was virtually empty as Tipton ran test after test ...
Mar 16, 2018, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post launches new mobile experience
By Todd Northrop
The world's most popular lottery website Monday announced the launch of a new website for visitors using mobile phones.
With phone usage comprising more than 50% of all Web traffic today, making the mobile experience as content- and feature-rich as possible is a primary mission for Lottery Post Founder Todd Northrop.
Because Lottery Post was established long before the first smartphone was invented, the drive to improve the website on mobile devices involved more than j ...
Mar 5, 2018, 1:06 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scammer rigged more drawings than first thought, records show
The computer program that a former lottery security official used to rig drawings worth millions of dollars in Iowa and other states was more expansive than investigators first discovered, court records filed last week show.
Eddie Tipton, a former employee of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) in Clive, wrote the code to allow him to predict the randomly drawn numbers of multimillion-dollar jackpots in as many as 17 states and claim the cash prizes.
The code remained active and und ...
Feb 19, 2018, 6:03 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery glitch could result in $35 million in prize payouts; NJ firm will investigate
South Carolina lottery officials say a computer glitch that made winners out of everyone who played a holiday game for two hours on Christmas Day could result in a more than $35 million prize payout nearly double the initial estimate.
The S.C. Education Lottery Commission announced the new figure Tuesday at a special meeting called to discuss the ongoing fallout from a programming error.
The mistake had players of the Holiday Cash Add-A-Play game seeing three matching Christmas trees print ...
Jan 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery's gamble on new website doesn't pay off on first try
The Michigan Lottery launched a refreshed website Wednesday morning, but it didn't go as planned.
Users of the new MichiganLottery.com experienced slowdowns after the change-over from the old site, lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said.
We were getting calls, emails... from players saying the website wasn't responding well, he said.
The project team took down the site for a couple minutes and tried to fix the issue, but it didn't immediately work. It then reverted to the old site so pl ...
Jan 18, 2018, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery holds do-over raffle drawing
Million-dollar winner is one of the tickets excluded from the first drawing
16 tickets won prizes in both drawings
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. held a do-over drawing Tuesday morning to partially correct a $1.375 million blunder that happened Jan. 1, when nearly half of the eligible tickets in the New Year's Million-Dollar Super Draw game 100,000 out of the 214,601 sold at $10 each were excluded from the drawing.
The electronic drawing was conducted without apparent problems by a team ...
Jan 16, 2018, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Fake News: $451 million lottery winner Shane Missler NOT giving away $5,000 to retweeters
By Todd Northrop
When a 20-year-old Florida man won a $451 Mega Millions jackpot earlier this month, the first thing he did was post a brief social media post.
Now Internet scammers have mimicked him, and are creating numerous bogus social media accounts in an attempt to deceive people looking for a share of the loot.
Shane Missler won the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on January 5, 2018, but opted for a lump sum payment of $281.2 million instead of the full amount divided into 30 ...
Jan 16, 2018, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum