A lottery programmer recently pled guilty to rigging the winning numbers in states that used computerized lottery number drawings.
The programmer, his brother, and his friend purchased tickets with winning numbers and claimed the lottery money for themselves. The programmer, who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), wrote and installed code for the software that picked several lotteries' random winning numbers. He found a way to design the code so that he knew the winning numbers in certain states on three days each year.
The man and several accomplices successfully claimed millions of dollars in lottery prize money in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011. His employer finally learned of the fraud after the man tried to claim a $16.5 million prize in Iowa through a recently-created anonymous trust. The state refused to pay, and its investigation uncovered the fraud.
MUSL, which terminated the programmer after learning of the fraud, faces lawsuits from lottery players who claim the employee's fraud cheated them out of winnings. "Mastermind of lottery fraud will explain how he rigged jackpots," www.lotterypost.com (Jun. 12, 2017).