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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

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. The ...
Jun 7, 2015, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum

Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together. After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle. Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum

Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket. Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas. The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said. The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum

NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket
A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his rapacious greed. The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in Octo ...
Jul 23, 2013, 5:09 pm - Lottery News forum

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