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Powerball Director Removed From Post Due To Multi-State Lottery Scandal

Tags: Charles Strutt, powerball.
Posted on 30 December 2015 by "T".

Charles Strutt, 63, the executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) ever since it was founded in 1987, was stripped of his title and relieved from his duties in October 2015 by the group's board, which includes directors of lotteries in 37 states and territories in the US.

This "quiet" decision of change in leadership was made days after the prosecutors declared that their investigation of the jackpot-fixing activities by Eddie Tipton, the association's ex-security director, had expanded all across the nation.

Even if their decision was not immediately made public and their website still showed that Strutt is the executive director, according to an October 15 email provided to The Associated Press via an open records request, the board chairman Jeff Anderson (who is also Idaho Lottery Director) told the board members that Strutt had been sentenced on an indefinite administration leave, and that Bret Toyne, his longtime deputy was appointed as interim executive director.

Eddie Tipton was convicted of fraud in July for conspiring with associates to try to claim a fixed Hot Lotto game, with the jackpot worth to be $16.5 million. It was Strutt who testified for the prosecution, stating that he believed that the person on the video who was buying the winning ticket in Des Moines was no other than Tipton himself.

Investigators believe that Tipton used (and abused) his access to the association's RNG (random number generator) machine to find out what are the winning number combinations in advance, from which he and his associates played those numbers and shared the jackpot prizes.

More evidence was discovered on October 9 by investigators, showing that Tipton worked with others to fix jackpots and claim prizes which were worth millions of dollars not only in Wisconsin and Colorado, but also in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The games hosted by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA) include the following: 2 by 2, All or Nothing, Hot Lott, MegaHits, Mega Millions, Powerball, and Wildcard. According to their website, "The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government benefit association that is owned and operated by its member lotteries. Profits are retained by the individual lotteries and legislatures overseeing the lotteries determine how the money is spent. Formed in 1987, MUSL's first multi-state game was "Lotto America". The game ran four years before being replaced. On April 22, 1992 the first "Powerball" drawing was held. Since then, "Powerball" has become the number one lottery game in the United States."

The headquarters of MUSL is in West Des Moines, Iowa, where it is currently leading the prosecution of Eddie Tipton, the former security director of MUSL.

Tipton strongly denies the allegations and is scheduled to face his second trial in January 2016. Meanwhile, MUSL replaced the machines he worked on and strengthened their security measures.

source: https://www.reviewed-casinos.com/news/multi-state-lottery-scandal-ends-a-senior-officials-career/


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5 comments for "Powerball Director Removed From Post Due To Multi-State Lottery Scandal"

 klash2330/12/2015 20:06:29 GMT
I am surprised that they were able to see the numbers in advance,surely that would be the one thing they could guarantee would not happen.In the UK the sales are stopped an hour or so before the draw happens.
 pochui31/12/2015 12:05:06 GMT
posted by not so random number generator
Investigators believe that Tipton used (and abused) his access to the association's RNG (random number generator) machine to find out what are the winning number combinations in advance, from which he and his associates played those numbers and shared the jackpot prizes.

oh shucks... LOL @ RNG
 bowie198431/12/2015 12:10:13 GMT
To be honest, they are rigging lotteries left and right since the dawn of time. The only new thing about this that it came to somebody's attention. What a surprise. LOL.
 Ingrind3331/12/2015 12:15:26 GMT
RNG- You can not see number in advance.

A random number generator, generates random numbers.

So you click it and there will be a number. There is no undo function or step backward function.

He probably manipulated the software.

A lot of articles in newspapers have wrong details

They never say: He probably did this or that, but instead they state things as facts.

Don't believe everything you read.

Never trust news!
 mgabesz03/01/2016 08:42:09 GMT
Another interesting news after Serbian lottery scandal last year. Very annoying that random numbers couuld be declared in advance. Customers cannot trust these lottery companies with these conditions.

On the other hand how we trust these companies as most of them over the world use quite similar systems and RNGs with quite similar security standards I think so who can guarantee that your country is fully clear and not affected by things like this.

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