We all have a dream of winning the lotto jackpot, often worth millions! We see in the newspaper that Mr Nobody from Nowhere has won it, and is holding a bottle of champagne celebrating! I know I often fantasise about what I’d do if I did win it. However, the chances are pretty slim – that is, unless you know how to rig it!
No, we aren’t going to tell you how it’s done, we don’t even know ourselves, but one man does! Working as a security official for Hot Lotto, Eddie Tipton decided that it was his time to win! And after rigging the computer, he won the jackpot of $14 million. As an employee, he couldn’t win the jackpot, so instead, some people he knew in Texas and Canada had to ‘win’ it for him. However, he happiness of winning was short lived! At the age of 52, he was charged with two cases of fraud after he was found guilty of installing a Trojan into the computer which picked the numbers.
Eddie Tipton lived in Iowa, and had been working for Hot Lotto for around 12 years before deciding to do this, with his latest job title as Information Security Director. However, they obviously did not pay him enough as he was duly unsatisfied and tried to hack the game!
It was all the way back in 2010 when he went into a store to buy the ticket, and the video footage of this is actually not too clear, however, the nail in the coffin for Tipton was when coworkers testified to confirm it was him in the video. It’s thought that this ticket was bought a month after he tinkered with the computer, giving him almost guaranteed success. However, Iowa’s law about the winner having to be declared to cash the winnings was not taken into account, and this law was what stopped his accomplices cashing the ticket, and so the $14 million was never actually paid.