Lottery Employee Accused of Hot Lotto Fraud Has Trial Delayed
A former lottery worker accused of tampering with a number generator to win $14.3 million has had his trial pushed back until July after prosecutors presented more than 500 pages of new material, along with videos and recordings. Eddie Raymond Tipton was arrested and charged with two counts of fraud in January after he was accused of purchasing a Hot Lotto ticket, which he was barred from doing by law as a lottery employee.
Tipton worked as the information security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) when there was a mystery Hot Lotto winner appeared in Iowa in December 2010. The winning ticket was not claimed for almost a year and then, hours before the expiry date, a New York attorney named Crawford Shaw came forward on behalf of a corporation supposedly based in Belize. The ticket was valid, but Shaw was not paid because he refused to name who had bought the ticket, and he later withdrew the claim, saying that he didn’t know the identity of the winner.
The customer who is thought to have purchased the winning ticket in Des Moines can be seen wearing a dark hood in surveillance footage released last October, but following a tip-off police were able to analyse their voice and match a licence plate in the parking lot of the convenience store to Tipton. As Tipton couldn’t claim cash prizes, it has been alleged that he approached two men in Texas to ask for help in claiming the jackpot anonymously.
In court documents filed last week ahead of the trial, prosecutors have now accused Tipton of allegedly entering a locked room at the lottery association which contained the random number-generating computers. It is alleged that he went into the room on November 20, 2010, a month before the $14.3 million was won, and used software on a thumbdrive to infect the computers and control the winning numbers.
According to prosecutors, cameras on the day in question did not run continuously like they would normally and instead recorded only one second per minute. “Four of the five individuals who have access to control the camera’s settings will testify they did not change the cameras’ recording instructions,” prosecutors wrote in court documents reported by the Des Moines Register. “The fifth person is defendant. It is a reasonable deduction to infer that defendant tampered with the camera equipment to have an opportunity to insert a thumbdrive into the RNG tower without detection.”
Tipton has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his attorney has dismissed the computer tampering theory as not ‘factually viable’. Jury selection was set to begin on Monday, but Judge Jeffrey Farrell has now allowed Tipton’s defence more time to prepare, and the trial has been rescheduled to restart on Monday 13th July.
UK Player Wins £53.1 Million EuroMillions Jackpot
A UK player put an end to a run of six EuroMillions rollovers last night and scooped a massive £53.1 million (€73.5 million) in the process. The ticket holder matched all five main numbers of 8, 20, 24, 28 and 49 plus Lucky Stars 8 and 9 to become the country’s 48th EuroMillions jackpot winner.
The player is yet to come forward and may not even realise yet that they are the lucky owner of a life-changing sum of money, but they headed up another night full of cash awards for players across Europe. A single player matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star to bag €1.2 million and nine players, four of whom bought their tickets in the UK, matched five numbers to receive £36,534 (€47,324).
Other prizes distributed on the night ranged from £3.20 (€4.20) for matching two main numbers up to £3,574 (€4,629) for matching four main numbers and two Lucky Stars. You can find a full prize breakdown from last night’s draw, including the Millionaire Maker code which is worth £1 million to one UK player, at the Results page of Euro-Millions.com.
There are plenty more chances this week to join last night’s winner on Millionaires’ Row, with an estimated £2 million up for grabs in this evening’s Lotto draw and £10 million (€15 million) available when EuroMillions is drawn again in Paris on Friday.
You can buy lottery tickets for both games at authorised retailers or by clicking on the links to the right and purchasing them online. Good luck.
EuroMillions Results for Tuesday 17th March 2015
The EuroMillions jackpot has rolled over for the third time in a row last night, bumping the value of the top prize to £32 million (€45 million) for the game scheduled for this Friday. The last time the jackpot was won was on Friday 6th March, when a Portuguese ticket holder scooped the £72.1 million (€100 million) Superdraw windfall straight out of the gate.
Last night’s winning numbers were 11, 23, 26, 38 and 44 with Lucky Stars 1 and 8. Four ticket holders missed just one number, matching all five main numbers and one Lucky Star, to win £209,614 (€273,703) each. Another 17 participants are celebrating after snapping up £16,440 (€21,466) for matching the five main numbers drawn.
Other prizes distributed to lucky winners in the main game were worth between £2.90 (€3.80) for matching two main numbers and £3,583 (€4,678) for matching four main numbers and both Lucky Stars. A single UK ticket holder has just won £1 million on Millionaire Maker after matching the winning code of GQF136093. Visit the Results page Euro-Millions.com to learn more about last night’s draw.
If you think that winning an eight-figure windfall would be the perfect way to start your weekend, make sure that you buy EuroMillions tickets before sales stop at 7.30pm GMT (8.30pm CET) on Friday. You can snap up entries online by clicking on the banner to the right of this article, or you can visit an authorised EuroMillions retailer in your area to buy tickets in person. Have fun and good luck!
EuroMillions Superdraw Offers €100 Million on Friday
Excitement is building ahead of Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw, when players will have the chance to grab a mighty €100 million, which works out at approximately £72.4 million depending on exchange rates. The EuroMillions jackpot had already built up to a grand total, with no player managing to scoop £59 million (€81 million) on Tuesday night, but it will be boosted even further by Friday’s guaranteed top prize.
Although no one matched all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars in the latest draw, a whopping 17 players matched five balls and one Lucky Star to bank £62,732 (€81,741), with other prizes in the main game ranging from £2.70 (€3.50) for matching two numbers up to £27,345 (€35,630) for matching five.
The winning numbers were 6, 8, 11, 13 and 21 with Lucky Stars 7 and 8 and you can find a full prize breakdown and the winning Millionaire Maker code, which is worth £1 million to one UK player, at the EuroMillions Results page of Euro-Millions.com.
Superdraws happen occasionally throughout the year and offer a fixed jackpot of €100 million, with the last such occurrence coming on Friday 3rd October 2014. The top prize then rolled over six times before a Portuguese player claimed €190 million (£149.7 million) on Friday 24th October. You can find out more about EuroMillions Superdraws at the dedicated page of Euro-Millions.com.
With this Friday’s colossal EuroMillions jackpot in your bank account, you could go wild and still have plenty of cash left to secure your future and that of your family and friends. If you’re sick of noisy people in the cinema, you could build your own screening room and enjoy the movies in peace. Support a lower division football team and think you could do a better job of running them? Buy the club and show the world how it is done – there would be so many opportunities!
You will need to buy your tickets first though and it is so simple to get them online – just click the link to the right or you can also purchase EuroMillions tickets from authorised retailers in any participating country. Good luck!
Lotto Jackpot Worth £2.1 Million for Wednesday 18th February
You could find yourself £2.1 million better off this evening thanks to tonight’s Lotto jackpot. There will also be a further 50 Lotto Raffle prizes worth £20,000 given away to players who match the code that is automatically generated when they buy a Lotto ticket with any of those drawn on the night in the supplementary game.
Saturday’s draw was lucky for one ticket holder who matched all six main numbers to claim a whopping £6.9 million rollover jackpot, with a further ten players also becoming instant millionaires after they matched the special Valentine’s Day codes to bag £1 million. You can find the winning numbers, Lotto Raffle codes and the special £1 million combinations along with a full prize breakdown at the Results page of Lottery.co.uk.
A £2.1 million windfall tonight would see you right for life. After the boring but necessary investments, you could move somewhere bigger, buy a car that doesn’t conk out every twenty miles and treat yourself to a few fancy nights out too. Just by playing Lotto, you would never have to worry about cash again!
If you fancy giving it a go and becoming one of 50 Lotto Raffle winners of £20,000 tonight, or even banking the seven figure jackpot, then you will have to buy some Lotto tickets. You can get hold of them from any authorised retailer in the UK or online now by clicking the link to the right! Good luck.