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Hot Lotto rigging lawsuit gains class action status

Tipton confessed to rigging random number generators to predict jackpot numbers

(Gray News) – The case that inspired the Game Show Network documentary “Cover Story: The Notorious Lottery Heist” is headed back to court.

A lawsuit against the Multi-State Lottery Agency gained class-action status on Friday, according to the Associated Press. At the center of it sits the Hot Lotto scandal.

Eddie Tipton, who used to work as an information security director at MUSL, confessed to rigging a random number generator in Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas to commit years of fraud.

According to the Des Moines Register, he’s currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in Clarinda, Iowa. Attorneys spearheading the class-action are seeking a deposition with Tipton at the prison.

The attorneys are representing customers who purchased losing Hot Lotto tickets for roughly 20 drawings between 2005 and 2013. Their game had been tainted by Tipton’s software, which allowed him to predict winning numbers on certain days of the year.

According to The Register, a $14 million jackpot went unclaimed for nearly a year, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. Several attempts were made to claim the December 2010 prize on behalf of an anonymous, off-shore trust company in Belize.

The Iowa Lottery Office ultimately denied the claims because they were made anonymously.

Investigators turned to surveillance footage at the convenience store to find the person who purchased it. That led them to Tipton, The Register reported.

His brother, Tommy, and close friend, Robert Rhodes, also admitted to winning sums of money with lottery numbers given to them by Eddie Tipton.

This isn’t the first lawsuit borne out of this case. Larry Dawson, who won a $6 million jackpot in the Hot Lotto, sued the Iowa Lottery and MUSL in 2016 in an attempt to get a larger jackpot.

As is the case in many lotteries, when the jackpot is won, it resets at a lower amount. Dawson’s argument was that Tipton’s illegitimate jackpot win caused a reset that never should have happened, therefore Dawson was entitled to more money.

Dawson is seeking an additional $10 million, the AP reported.

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At the center of the lawsuit is the Hot Lotto scandal. Eddie Tipton, who used to work as an information security director at MUSL, confessed to rigging a random number generator to commit years of fraud.

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There are 9 ways to win a prize in Lotto America®.

Based on the winner’s selection, the Grand Prize – won by matching the first five numbers in any order and the Lotto America Star Ball – is either an annuitized prize or a lump-sum payment.

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Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $20,000
  • $1,000
  • $100
  • $20
  • $5
  • $5
  • $2
  • $2
  • Grand Prize
  • $40,000
  • $2,000
  • $200
  • $40
  • $10
  • $10
  • $4
  • $4
  • Grand Prize
  • $60,000
  • $3,000
  • $300
  • $60
  • $15
  • $15
  • $6
  • $6
  • Grand Prize
  • $80,000
  • $4,000
  • $400
  • $80
  • $20
  • $20
  • $8
  • $8
  • Grand Prize
  • $100,000
  • $5,000
  • $500
  • $100
  • $25
  • $25
  • $10
  • $10
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Lotto America® costs $1 per play.

Select five numbers from 1 to 52 for the red balls, then select one number from 1 to 10 for the Lotto America Star Ball®.

Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.

Players win the Grand Prize or one of 8 set cash prizes by matching one of the 9 ways to win.

Lotto America® is available to play in 13 jurisdictions: Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday after 11 p.m. ET at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee using mechanical machines and ball sets.

Ask for the All Star Bonus with your Lotto America purchase!

For an additional $1 per play, the Lotto America All Star Bonus® can multiply your winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times!

The multiplier number is randomly selected just before each drawing.

The All Star Bonus does not apply to the Grand Prize.

Rodney Young / $9.01 Million

Rodney Young is the Lotto America jackpot winner from the April 1, 2020 drawing. The winning ticket was sold at Blue Wing Market, 5716 McMinnville Hwy. in Woodbury, TN.

Jeffrey Love / $21.6 Million

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (July 12, 2019) – A Lotto America ® ticket worth $21.6 million was in the glove box of an Elk River resident’s car until this morning. Jeffery Love was on his way to work when he found out that he is a multimillionaire. He initially called into work and told them he would “be a little late.” It wasn’t long before he called back and let them know that he wouldn’t be in at all today.

Chuck Anderson / $4.38 Million

CLIVE, Iowa (May 10, 2018) – A Davenport man on Thursday claimed a $4.38 million lottery jackpot, acknowledging that he had beaten long odds to win a jackpot with a ticket he received as a free play in a lottery promotion.

But Chuck Anderson emphasized that he wasn’t getting ahead of himself.

Kujava Family / $22.8 Million

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – A brother and sister from Badger, Minn. have a long-standing agreement that if “one wins, we both win”—and a Lotto America jackpot worth $22.8 million was no exception.

Debbie Kujava purchased the $22.8 million winning ticket for the March 14 drawing at Holiday Stationstores, located at 503-3rd St. N.E., in Roseau on her way home from work on March 12.

David Kokenge / $20,000

CLIVE, Iowa – A Council Bluffs man couldn’t believe his eyes when the self-checker machine read $20,000 after scanning his Lotto America ticket.

“So I ran it through probably half a dozen times,” laughed Kokenge. “It might have been more than half a dozen.”

David Kokenge, who is 66 and recently retired, was just one number away from winning a big Lotto America jackpot in the Feb. 14 drawing. He matched the first five numbers, but missed the Star Ball℠ to win a $20,000 prize.

Brian Spicer / $20,000

CLIVE, Iowa – A Des Moines man was just one number away from winning a big Lotto America jackpot and ended up winning a $20,000 prize.

Brian Spicer matched the first five numbers, but missed the Star Ball in the January 6 drawing to win a $20,000 prize.

The winning numbers in that night’s $17.71 million jackpot drawing were: 9-13-26-38-48 and Star Ball 7. The All Star Bonus multiplier number was 3.

Spicer purchased his winning ticket at C Fresh Market, 801 University Ave. in Des Moines.

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The overall odds of winning a Lotto America® prize are 1 in 9.63.

The Grand Prize payout shall be determined on a pari-mutuel basis. Prize payments are subject to the rules of participating lotteries; pari-mutuel payments may occur under those game rules.

Check your lottery’s official game rules for more information.

Lotto America Prizes

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  • $20,000
  • $1,000
  • $100
  • $20
  • $5
  • $5
  • $2
  • $2
  • Grand Prize
  • $40,000
  • $2,000
  • $200
  • $40
  • $10
  • $10
  • $4
  • $4
  • Grand Prize
  • $60,000
  • $3,000
  • $300
  • $60
  • $15
  • $15
  • $6
  • $6
  • Grand Prize
  • $80,000
  • $4,000
  • $400
  • $80
  • $20
  • $20
  • $8
  • $8
  • Grand Prize
  • $100,000
  • $5,000
  • $500
  • $100
  • $25
  • $25
  • $10
  • $10

Lotto America Odds

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  • $20,000
  • $1,000
  • $100
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  • $5
  • $5
  • $2
  • $2
  • 1 in 25,989,600.00
  • 1 in 2,887,733.33
  • 1 in 110,594.04
  • 1 in 12,288.23
  • 1 in 2,404.22
  • 1 in 267.14
  • 1 in 160.28
  • 1 in 29.14
  • 1 in 16.94
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PRIZE INCREASE
  • 3 in 32
  • 4 in 32
  • 10 in 32
  • 15 in 32
CHANCE OF
OCCURENCE
  • 9.375%
  • 12.5000%
  • 31.2500%
  • 46.8750%

Lotto America® is a new game with a familiar name!

The original Lotto*America game was launched in 1988 by the Multi-State Lottery Association. At the time, there were seven participating lotteries: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Washington DC. Nine additional lotteries began selling the Lotto*America game in the years that followed.

The final Lotto*America drawing was held on April 18, 1992.

On April 19, 1992, sales began for a new multi-jurisdictional draw game – Powerball®.

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