Lottery Security Director Hacked Number Generator to Rig LotteriesAdded: Monday, April 11th, 2016
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Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, reportedly installed software code to be able to know winning numbers. Although the random-number generators had been erased, new forensic evidence has explained how the hack was done.
Eddie was convicted of rigging the $16.5m jackpot in Iowa in 2015. At the moment, he is awaiting trial in four other states. The lottery security director was charged after being identified on the surveillance footage of a person buying the winning ticket for a $16.5m jackpot in 2010. Tipton, who had unparalleled access to lottery software, was identified on the footage by his colleagues.
Today there is new forensic evidence leading to charges being filed against the scammer’s younger brother, Tommy Tipton, for his role in securing jackpots in two other states, which allegedly brought him $1.2m. Tommy Tipton surrendered to authorities and was released on bail. In addition, the recently filed documents revealed that Wisconsin authorities recovered the random-number generator used for a $2m jackpot claimed 8 years ago by Eddie Tipton’s friend, who is currently fighting extradition to Iowa, where he faces charges.
So, how was it done? Investigators believe that the number generator had been hacked to predict numbers on 3 days of the year, after the system had passed a security audit. This is why all the cash prizes linked to Eddie were drawn over six years on either November 23 or December 29. According to reports, the investigators managed to recreate the draws and produce the very same winning numbers, although the program was supposed to produce random numbers that never repeat.
Tommy Tipton was first investigated a decade ago when he was discovered with half a million dollars in cash in consecutively marked notes. Tommy explained he had won a share of a $4.5m jackpot and then asked a friend to collect the winnings in order to conceal the winning from his wife due to divorce considerations. Tipton’s attorney believes his client “took the high road” by surrendering rather than fighting extradition. This behavior can be explained by the fact that Tommy Tipton used to be justice of the peace and reserve police officer, so he hopefully will be professional and responsible in his dealings.
Monday, April 11th, 2016
|posted by (2016-04-11 14:09:36)|
|Wasn't too professional or responsible when he was hacking the system for over 6 years. What about income taxes federal, state, and municipal? Unreported income? He's also a tax dodger.|
|I couldn't believe that last sentence and had to re-read it a couple of times. Where did that come from? It looks like someone's unsolicited opinion (someone who views Tipton in a favorable light) got added in there by accident.|
|posted by (2016-04-12 07:32:17)|
|I am wondering if the last sentence is a quote from his lawyer and is simply missing the quotation marks...|
|".............supposed to produce random numbers that never repeat."|
Isn't that an interesting comment. If the numbers are truly 'random' they can repeat, so what coding would someone have to put into the software that eliminates those 6 to 8 numbers from the next draw?
If this actually were true, that would drastically change the odds on the next lottery date. So, instead of matching the odds of winning a major lottery in Iowa with being trampled by 50 Great White sharks in pink tutu's to Beyonce's latest song you'd be equal to being run over by Denny Hamlin on the Iditarod Trail.
|I thought those who run gambling operations are honest people. I'm devastated.|
|I always knew these lottery number games were just a scam! They can predict what the numbers might be or will be!||
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