Posted by Staff on December 9, 2019
The lottery association involved in the 2011 scandal that withheld winnings has finally agreed to pay $1.5 million in a settlement from an Iowa man’s claim that an executive hijacked the drawings, the Des Moines Register reported in December.
The winner — financial advisor Larry Dawson of Webster City, Iowa — won a $9 million jackpot in the Iowa Lottery’s Hot Lotto draw, but in 2016, he alleged that his prize would have been bigger if not for Eddie Tipton, the since-incarcerated security chief of the Multi-State Lottery Association that provides services for the Iowa Lottery among other states’ lotteries.
Dawson alleged that he only received a fraction of what he should’ve received due to Tipton rigging the system in a draw that occurred a week prior to Dawson’s.
CEO of the Iowa Lottery Matt Strawn said in a statement that the settlement “closes a chapter in lottery history that tested that foundation of trust.”
The settlement of Dawson’s claim follows another settlement earlier this year in which the Multi-State Lottery Association agreed to pay $4.3 million in a class-action lawsuit to refund players who purchased tickets in the games impacted by Tipton’s rigged software from 2005 to 2013. Claims in the case may be filed online at www.lotterygamesettlement.com by January 7, 2020 by anyone who may have been affected by the scam.
In 2005, Tipton hijacked the random generator that selects lottery numbers by covertly installing a software code that would allow him to predict the winning numbers. This code was copied onto games in as many as 17 states, according to transcripts of Tipton’s confession. The disgraced IT specialist is currently serving 25 years at the Clarinda Correctional Facility.Revisit Eddie Tipton’s lottery scam: