Lottery Fraud Investigation Goes Nationwide

Ex-lottery official Eddie Tipton, who is suspected of repairing lottery draws in at least four more states beyond the fraud perpetrated in Iowa.

A probe into lottery repairing in the US escalated this week as authorities expanded their research nationwide, fearing that an worker that is ex-lottery of fixing the Iowa draw may have pulled the trick all around the world.

Eddie Tipton, 52, the former manager of information security during the Multi-State Lottery Corporation, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in September for rigging the Iowa Hot Lotto game in an effort to claim a $14 million prize.

Prosecutors successfully argued that Tipton installed a self-destructing hack program to ensure the random number generator used into the draw on December 29, 2010 picked their numbers.

He additionally tampered with surveillance cameras so his installing of the computer software could not be detected.

Anonymous Claimant

An attempt had been initially made to claim the prize by a man that is canadian Philip Johnson, who stated he was too sick to collect the amount of money in person, however the claim had been rejected because Johnson was unable to validate he had been the dog owner of the admission.

Johnson phoned days that are again several stating that the ticket ended up being, in fact, owned by an individual who wanted to remain anonymous. The Iowa lottery again turned down the claim on the grounds that the rules forbade anonymous payouts.

Subsequent attempts to collect the cash via a lawyer were also obstructed by the now-suspicious Iowa lottery officials.

In October 2014, authorities released surveillance footage of a guy purchasing the ticket from the Des Moines convenience story, later identified as Eddie Tipton.

New Charges

But now Tipton is suspected of operating the scam in at least four other states. It’s emerged that on November 23, 2005, Tipton’s brother won $568,990 playing the Colorado Lottery and that Tipton himself was among those who built Colorado’s random number generator.

Then, in 2007, an associate of Tipton’s won $783,257 on Wisconsin lottery. Tipton can also be suspected of tampering with all the Oklahoma lottery outcomes.

Charges put into record on Monday allege that Tipton bought two winning tickets for the Kansas lottery’s ‘2by2’ game while travelling through the state on a business trip in December 2010, gathering $44,000.

Lottery authorities said they be prepared to discover more incidents that are suspicious to Tipton as the web widens.

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Banned From Soccer for Eight Years by FIFA

Sepp Blatter is battered and bruised, actually and emotionally, but the longtime FIFA president isn’t accepting a ban that is eight-year another fight. (Image:

79-year-old Sepp Blatter has been the President of FIFA since 1998 as well as an official with soccer’s governing body since 1981, but on Monday the outspoken and leader that is vigorous of assisting bribes and money laundering ended up being handed an eight-year ban from the relationship’s independent Ethics Committee.

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini, who serves as FIFA’s Executive Committee vice-president, was also the recipient of an suspension that is eight-year.

The committee that is investigating Blatter offered Platini with $2 million last year for undisclosed solutions.

Both suspensions mandate Blatter and Platini cease from ‘all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a nationwide and level that is international’ the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee said in a press release. ‘The bans come right into force immediately.’

$2 Million, No Strings Attached

Soccer (or futbol, based in your locale) is the world’s most sport that is popular. FIFA is the game’s most powerful and organization that is important which is why its 2015 corruption scandal is so significant.

Accountable for the global World Cup and Women’s World Cup, FIFA created $5.7 billion in revenues between 2011 and 2015, with 72 percent of those monies stemming from tv broadcast legal rights and marketing agreements.

Exactly What you won’t find on FIFA’s spreadsheets or income statements is a CHF 2,000,000 (approximately $2 million) transfer between Blatter and Platini in February 2011.

During the Ethics Committee’s investigation, Blatter testified that the exchange had been component of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between FIFA and Platini.

‘Therefore, the two million Swiss francs paid to Platini had the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and was done in good terms,’ Blatter said Monday. ‘This is a donation. This is usually a gift.’

The Ethics Committee didn’t accept Blatter’s description. ‘Mr. Blatter violated his fiduciary responsibility to FIFA… Mr. Blatter’s actions would not show commitment to an attitude that is ethical failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA’s regulatory framework … and showing an abusive execution of their position.’

House of Cards

The United States has indicted 25 FIFA officials on various corruption charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies. An additional 12 have pled guilty.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in May that corruption inside FIFA is ‘rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted.’ Based on indictments, FIFA professionals accepted millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for coordinating hosting rights and advertising sponsorships among various parties.

Domestic banks headquartered inside america were commonly used to facilitate such payments. That allows Lynch’s Department of Justice to intervene.

Blatter plans to appeal the sentencing with FIFA’s Appeal Committee. ‘we will fight for me personally and I also will fight for FIFA. Suspended eight years for just what?’ Blatter asked.

It seems FIFA is ready to go on and end the Blatter age.

Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou composed this week, ‘This 12 months and the years that are immediate come will be one of the most very important to FIFA as it was founded in 1904.

A brand new FIFA President will be elected during the Congress in February, offering the chance to start a new chapter.’

Packer Resignation from Crown Board Invites Takeover Conjecture

James Packer, who resigned from the board of Crown Resorts this week fueling conjecture among financial analysts. (Image:

Australian billionaire James Packer has stepped down as director of Crown Resorts, fueling speculation that he’s going to simply take the company private.

The news, which came just four months after he surprised many by resigning as business chairman in purchase to ‘spend more time with his young ones,’ saw shares in Crown Resorts jump by 5.7 per cent.

Packer owns 53 per cent of Crown, which is valued at around AUD$9 billion (US$6.5 billion), through is family members business CPH (Consolidated Press Holdings).

Analysts believe that the casino mogul may limbering up for a takeover of Crown by CPH and his resignation from the board would remove any conflict of interest in this event.

Crown ‘Biggest Priority’

‘we have actually taken this decision over several months following the smooth transition by Rob Rankin into the company chairman’s role and the stable and cohesive functioning of the board and the senior management group during the period that I have transitioned overseas,’ said Packer in a official statement this week.

‘Now is the right time as I outlined to shareholders when I stepped aside as chairman in August for me to focus my endeavors on my new role with Crown. I plan to devote my energies to a true number of key development projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Las Vegas, in addition to Crown’s online platforms.’

‘Of program, I remain incredibly passionate about Crown and its world-class built-in resort company. Crown is my biggest professional concern and represents the vast majority of my web wide range.’

Dwindling Earnings

Packer took over the household business from his father, the news mogul Kerry Packer, whom died nearly exactly a ten years ago.

Packer junior moved the core focus of the business away from media, building Crown into one worldwide’s largest gaming and entertainment groups.

He will remain as co-chairman of Melco Crown Entertainment and of Alon in Las Vegas.

Through Melco Crown, Packer has interests in Macau and the Philippines, including the newly exposed $4.5 billion casino that is integrated on the Cotai Strip, Studio City.

Alon, meanwhile, represents Packer’s first foray into Las Vegas, if you exclude their condemned 2008 investment in Fontainebleau Resorts.

The Alon project has been built on the pocket of land on which the New Frontier Hotel and Casino once stood and is scheduled to open in 2018.

In August revenues that are dwindling Macau intended that Crown reported financial results well below forecasts, with normalized net earnings falling by 17 percent to $525 million for the period. Despite this, Packer said he remained upbeat about Macau’s leads.

New York State Expands Gambling by Issuing Three Commercial Casino Licenses

The Montreign Resort in the Catskills is moving forward after the planned $1.25 billion complex received its commercial gambling license on Monday from the latest York State Gaming Commission. (Image:

New York is joining its neighbors New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts in stepping into the gambling business that is commercial.

On Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission unanimously approved three licenses to upstate that is proposed in Sullivan, Schenectady, and Seneca Counties in order to create brand new jobs and profits to local governments and school districts.

The combined capital investment may well be more than $1.3 billion, while the sites are expected to create over 3,600 jobs that are permanent $212 million in annual profits for education programs.

‘New York State will soon recognize the financial benefits of resort gaming destinations,’ Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams said. ‘These projects will generate 1000s of jobs, bring much-needed economic development to long-stressed communities and drive revenue to aid schools and local governments, with zero taxpayer bucks.’

The three destinations that are awarded:

Montreign Resort Casino in Sullivan County (Empire Resorts), a $1.25 billion 18-story entertainment location that will feature 325,000 square legs of gaming area, 332 luxury rooms in hotels, an 18-hole greens, and more.

Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County (Boyd Gaming), a $425 million 205-room resort with 2,000 slots and 100 tables, plus a 10,000 spa that is square-foot.

Streams Casino & Resort in Schenectady County (Rush Street Gaming), a $320 million investment that features a 51,000 square-foot gaming floor and 150-room resort.

Too Close for Comfort?

The recipients of the three casino licenses might end up being the very first to get commercial permits, but that doesn’t mean they will be alone in offering video gaming to the dense populace of the Northeast.

New York currently has nine racetrack casinos (‘racinos’) that provide slots and electronic versions of popular dining table games. The state can be home to 11 indigenous US casinos.

The Gaming Commission and commercial operators believe building more impressive resorts upstate will entice some for the 50 million tourists that browse New york each year to the attractions that are regional.

The gambling market has unquestionably become saturated during the last few years as neighboring states are also rushing to stop gaming dollars from leaving their borders.

Atlantic City has been the biggest target of this trend as residents in Pennsylvania and Maryland no further need certainly to travel hours to the beachfront town to play live table games.

The Lago Resort might be smart to be most focused on nearby competition. The Finger Lakes facility will be built just 90 miles from the Turning Stone Resort that is popular Casino.

Fantasy Land

Skeptics associated with land-based commercial gambling expansion aren’t offered that allowing additional video gaming venues will lead to a ciphering of revenues from nearby states.

New York currently could be the beneficiary of a $9 billion state-run lottery, the wealthiest in the country that is entire. The brand New York Lottery’s single mission is to earn revenue for education.

If a $9 billion market does not suffice, will the projected $212 million annual gambling that is commercial really make that much of an impact?

Some believe addititionally there is a hypocrisy going on in Albany.

James Surowiecki, a journalist who covers economics and business for the latest Yorker, recently opined that legalizing daily dream sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel rather than banning them, as nyc Attorney General Eric Schneiderman did this month, would be similarly beneficial.

‘He (Schneiderman) argued that many participants end up money that is losing and reported, on the basis of little more than anecdotes, that increasing numbers of users of these sites are getting to be gambling addicts.

Yet the forms of gambling that New York tolerates and promotes (which also consist of the racetracks owned by the state) raise all of the exact same issues,’ Surowiecki said.