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Mastermind Who Rigged The Lottery For $2.4 Million May Keep Some Of His Winnings

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The appeal of the lottery is that everyone has a chance to win.

With a little luck and the right numbers, you could land a multi-million dollar jackpot and be set for life.

But if you were playing in any of the 33 states where Eddie Tipton rigged the numbers in his favor, your chances weren't as good as you thought.

A Cushy Job

Until 2015, Tipton was a security director at the Multi-State Lottery Association.

The association runs lottery games in 33 U.S. states, along with D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tipton in 2014.KCCI

Tipton was making $100,000 a year in a cushy job, managing computer security for the organization.

But he complained that he was overworked and underappreciated by his supervisors.

Never mind the fact that Tipton was lucky to have the job in the first place, because he's a twice-convicted thief.

But his resentment may explain why Tipton rigged the company's random number drawing computer to help him win the jackpot multiple times.

The Fix

Tipton snuck two lines of code into MLA number drawing computer, which allowed him to predict any draws on three days of the year.

On those days, Tipton's odds of picking the lucky numbers were just 200 to 1, instead of the usual 5 million to one.

But Tipton didn't take any chances, buying all 200 sets of numbers to guarantee he would hit the jackpot.

The scheme worked like a charm for years, until Tipton got greedy.

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