Money very often provokes people to do bad things. Well, big money can provoke a crime even as a perfectly respectable citizen. This happened with the head of information security of the US National Lottery Eddie Raymond Tipton. Using his position, he was able to modify the random number generator of the lottery. As a result, Raymond was able to predict the results. Accordingly, this was done for a reason – the chief of the security department through the front men began to win millions of US dollars.
Having received the first million, he wanted more and more, so that, in the end, the cunning criminal was caught in a reckless way – Summed up her own greed. The other day, Raymond announced a verdict that he will have to spend the next 25 years in the prison of Iowa, USA. In the last word, he said that he regretted very much what he had done: "It's difficult to even express what the people close to me feel that I hurt, and I regret about it. Excuse me.
Eddie Raymond Tipton in court with his lawyer
An enterprising information security specialist was arrested in 2015, all this time was a lawsuit. Interestingly, fraud could remain unnoticed, if it were not for Raymond's imprudence. The fact is that he cheated more than once and twice – almost every year he received lottery money. As an information security specialist, he had access to the room where the lottery computing center was located. He introduced his own code into the system, which led to the fact that the random number generator stopped working as it should. The system showed on certain days of certain months a set of numbers that the swindler knew. Three days a year he knew the result.
The investigation began after the specialists who conducted the audit saw that the winning numbers were similar. During the study of the circumstances of the case, third-party DLLs were found in the software code of the lottery, which Eddie Tipton introduced into the memory of the computer system. Predictable for the attacker combination was to appear three times a year, two specific days from the week, at a certain time of the day. One of the dynamic libraries ran the software, which affected the results. Fallen numbers could predict the attacker and his accomplices.
In total, he used his scheme six times. For the first time Tipton did it in 2005. After the win, the security chief of the lottery received several million US dollars. From the first win (under the terms of the lottery, you only need a lottery ticket to win the prize, so you can keep anonymity), he bought a huge house with a pool and a bunch of amenities. The maximum reward Eddie tried to get in 2010. The amount was over $ 16.5 million US dollars.
To stay unnoticed for so many years he was helped by the fact that the lottery is held in different states of the country at different times. Plus, as mentioned above, you can get money anonymously. Tipton was helped by his brother, a former judge from Texas and businessman Robert Rhodes.
By the way, the problem with the safety of the lottery, as far as can be understood, concerns not only Tipton and accomplices. Several years ago, The Register published the results of an investigation with the Iowa Lottery lottery. As it turned out, many entrepreneurs who sold lottery tickets won many times in a row, the amounts that appeared in the case – $ 600 and above. One of such businessmen has won 53 times in a row since 2012.
During the verdict, the District Judge of Iowa said that he regretted that Tompton's mental abilities were not used to work for good, but to create a fraudulent scheme. Arrested not only the main defendant of the case, but also his accomplices, brother and business partner. All of them received significant terms of imprisonment. As for the financial side of the matter, it is not yet clear whether Tommpton's property will be confiscated or not. The same edition of The Register reports that in many similar cases, the winnings still remained with the scammers and no one required to return it. True, it was about much smaller amounts – about thousands of dollars, but not millions.
The ex-chief of the information security department of the lottery will spend 25 years in prison (he may be allowed to leave earlier on the UDO). His greed and imprudence have ruined him.