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Biggest Lottery Winner in US Was Swindled: Prosecutors

'Lottery Lawyer' Jason Kurland charged in $107M fraud

(Newser) - The "Lottery Lawyer" advertised his services while noting that many lottery winners "are not sophisticated enough" to see potential scams. "You really have to rely on the professionals," Jason Kurland told Vice in 2016. Now three winners who relied on Kurland have lost more than $80...

Scam Victim, 90, Who Lost $400K Has Gotten $287 Back

Another $138 could be on the way

(Newser) - A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings in a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed. The case of Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small North Dakota town about 75 miles northeast of Bismarck,...

US Woman Could Get Life for Jamaica Lottery Scam

'Her hands were all over the conspiracy'

(Newser) - A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funneling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind, the AP reports. "Her hands were...

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....

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...

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