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December 21st, 2015 at 10:40:27 PM permalink

Prosecutors believe that Tipton, 52, used his access to the machines to surreptitiously install software programs that let him know the winning numbers in advance before disappearing without a trace. They say he worked with associates such as his brother Tommy Tipton a Texas judge and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes to play those numbers and collect prizes dating back to 2005


It wouldn't surprise to one day learn someone managed to pick off one of the super mega jackpots. Don't know how it can be done, but not sure anything is totally safe.
Quasimodo? Does that name ring a bell?
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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:57:11 PM permalink
Here's an update: Eddie Tipton has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. His scheme involved 7 lottery tickets in 5 states. The biggest jackpot was $14 million which the (justifiably) skeptical Iowa lottery refused to pay.
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August 24th, 2017 at 3:33:27 AM permalink
"The prosecutor said Tipton will serve no more than five years, if he behaves and makes parole".

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August 24th, 2017 at 3:38:32 AM permalink
This case is exactly why progressive lottery jackpots that are unclaimed should be added back to the pool. There is a weird incentive even for the government to cheat that shouldn't be there. If this 700 million powerball in Massachusetts went unclaimed, their government would be set, all kinds of favors could be repaid. Should we trust the untrustworthy with 400 million dollars, nope.
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