Eddie Tipton

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He Rigged the Lottery. His Voice Gave Him Away

Eddie Tipton's drawl was distinct

(Newser) - The story of Eddie Tipton , the former information-security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association who rigged the system to enable himself to win millions, has been told before—but not like Reid Forgrave tells it for the New York Times Magazine . He starts in Rob Sand's office in July... More »

Hijacked Code Let Lottery Fraudster Win $24M

It all started with a convo about 'secret numbers' and a search for Bigfoot

(Newser) - The Iowa man behind the biggest US lotto scam ever was a "very large" and "kind of lonesome" geek, according to his own brother, and he didn't set out to rig more than $24 million for the money: Eddie Tipton says he did it for the challenge.... More »

He Won the Colorado Lottery. Now He's Suing for More

Amir Massihzadeh argues entire $2.4M lump cash prize should have gone to him

(Newser) - A decade after Colorado engineer Amir Massihzadeh hit the lottery, two state agents visited him with stunning news: He was likely the only legitimate winner of a $4.8 million jackpot he'd had to split three ways. They told the Boulder resident that the other two people who had... More »

Programmer Who Rigged the Lottery Is Headed to Jail

Eddie Tipton and cohorts knew the winning numbers

(Newser) - An ex-lottery computer programmer who rigged the system in several states to enable himself to win $2.2 million in jackpots is going to prison. An Iowa judge sentenced Eddie Tipton, 54, to up to 25 years in prison on Tuesday, though the Des Moines Register reports he could be... More »

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