The Iowa Lottery Fraud Case & Eddie Tipton

The number of genuine attempts to ‘rig the lottery’ can be counted on the fingers of one hand — and still leave fingers left over for future use.

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The Iowa Lottery Fraud Case & Eddie Tipton

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  • Jim

    I think the recurring numbers idea is probably correct. Not long ago a man played the same numbers religiously for 17 years and finally hit them all for several million dollars. The only problem was that he was 80 years old when he finally hit. Gotta have a lot of patience to do that.

  • Arthur

    I have a suggestion – find a lottery like the Irish Daily Millions with 39 numbers, or less, do a one line lucky dip (or quick pick as we call it). Then with your 6 numbers go to a bookie shop and do any 3 of the 6, 20 bets @ whatever stake you like – you will win more often this way.

  • Zen

    The whole game is controlled… aka rigged. Just this year a Serbian lottery was shown having the so-called random numbers shown before the balls bounced around and the number on the screen is the exact ball that was picked. This was a Serbian lottery, but we can all imagine a Power Ball lottery was done the same way. It’s on YouTube for all to see.

    • LG

      So because you saw something odd in the news about a Serbian game that means all lottery games are rigged..?

      The actual story is that this was a live draw, and as many games do they put up a large on-screen graphic of the numbers drawn as they happen. The numbers 4, 33 and 12 came out. Then the 4th ball was drawn and 27 came out. The on-screen graphic put up 21. Then quickly puts up 27 as well. After a while all the numbers disappear, and the 5th ball is drawn and turns out to be 21. Then after a long pause four number 27’s appear on screen before disappearing again. Then the correct numbers appear and the draw continues normally.

      All of which is very easily explained as somebody accidentally typing 21 instead of 27 because they look very similar. And 21 then actually appearing simply because it is one of the balls in the machine so there’s just as much chance of it coming out as anything else. (By the look of it it’s a 7 from 39 game, making it odds of 1-in-35 at that point). Isn’t this the more likely explanation? I mean, what would you do if you’d just typed the live draw results in wrongly – calmly correct them, or panic slightly and make it a complete hash of it..?

      Yes it looks odd, but the investigation found no wrong doing, it’s easily explained as nothing more than a typing mistake. And for the sake of argument, if you were rigging the game, why would it make any sense to even tell the person typing the results in? Why would they be doing anything other than entering the live results as they see them? Makes no sense.

      • Stasia Fisher

        LG Serbian lotto “mistake” was not just a mistake… someone typed 21 instead of 27, before 27 was announced? Then the mistake was corrected, but “mistaken” number was drawn next – for real?! Oooh, come on..! Be real.

      • LG

        And as I clearly explained, there was a 1-in-35 chance of number 21 being drawn after the mistake. So hardly earth shatteringly unexpected is it.

        Do you think it’s more likely they rigged the draw but were stupid enough to type the results in live..? Now come on, be real.

  • Zen

    Scratch tickets are the same. They don’t even have to distribute the winning jackpot ticket, leaving everyone to buy up all the losing tickets. Ever check your local state website you’ll notice a pattern of closed scratch ticket games with a jackpot unclaimed. This happens a lot. Millions of tickets sold with one or more unclaimed jackpots. Controlled gambling is how they profit.

    • LG

      Nonsense. Look at all the jackpots that ARE won. Look at how many games close with all the jackpots sold. Look at how many tickets are unsold for games that close (it isn’t 1 is it!). All this stuff is audited. Yes profit is built in, just like any business. That’s not a conspiracy.

  • Rosie Guerrero

    This is why they say, “Crime doesn’t pay.” How stupid is stupid? When you plan on defrauding the lottery, or any other company, you will be caught. Maybe not right away, but you will. It’s not worth it, now this guy is going to lose 10 years of his life in prison. Not a good place to be whatsoever.

  • Toni

    The lottery officials were definitely tipped on Tipton.

  • Lottery Minion

    Being that you are a lottery guru of sorts I was wondering is there a place I could go to find out how many lottery tickets are sold in each area of my state? I need to know this for an experiment I’m conducting that involves the distribution of lottery wins populating certain areas while others never see the light of day.

    Example: Area A sells 80% of the lottery tickets and 100% of the jackpots are won while 20% are sold in Area B but no one ever wins… ever. If this information gets out and is confirmed by me, I will truly convince people to stop buying tickets in area B.

    Note: This is an example and does not reflect my opinion on lotteries as a whole, but is a concern of mine if it would turn out to be true.

    Thanks if you can or cannot help.

    • LG

      You may be able to find the data in some form in the Annual Financial Reports for the lottery company. These may be published somewhere on their website, or you can just ask them for the current one – it’s not a secret document. There’s no guarantee you’ll get a breakdown by area, but I have seen breakdowns of this sort before in their Financial Reports. You’ll be extremely lucky if you manage to get one by game though. But if it’s not there the worst that can happen if you ask is they say ‘no’.

      But logically the wins are simply going to apportioned by population density, i.e. big cities have a lot more people therefore buy more tickets overall = more winners. Why and how would anyone bother to limit wins or favour any particular area?

    • Lotto Al

      Lottery Minion you did not say what state you reside but the only lottery that break down the winning tickets state by state is Powerball that I know of. You will have to contact your state lottery to obtain the type of information you seek if it is not posted on their website.

    • Willie

      I agree. Our state Ia does the same, more winners in upper state areas then lower state. Larger cities do not promote winners as much. This state also is divided into three zones of lottery headquarters. No one has won huge in ankeny iowa in over 13 years.

      • LG

        So someone has ‘won huge’ in Ankeny just over 13 years ago then?

        On average, more winners occur where more tickets are sold. Why would the lottery manipulate it to be any different?

        Tin foil hats off people.

  • Lottery Minion

    I finally looked into this Eddie Tipton’s way of cheating and I’m confused. Is the Iowa “Hot Lotto Sizzler” an electronically generated lottery or does this game have balls that bounce around? If it’s balls, how can someone tamper with the lottery electronically with a device to rig the results?
    This whole thing seems fishy to me.

  • Gracie Shellito

    Maybe just once before we leave here we’d like to say to Meals on Wheels or the Food bank – “no help needed”!

  • Francois

    How can a government employee rig the lottery in Quebec, Ontario, Canada.

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