Luck, Fraud, or Pure Genius?

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Monday June 17, 2019 14:04 pm

The Lottery Lab Staff

Whether it is winning a large sum or winning more than once, there are numerous fascinating stories about lottery legends.  You might have heard some of these stories before and wonder where they are now. Let’s have a look-

1. Zhao Liqun

Why we find him interesting?

Zhao Liqun’s story is a sad one.  Zhao Liqun is serving jail time for the stunt he pulled. He was the owner of three lottery stalls in Anhan province in China. He discovered a loophole in the lottery and used that loophole to scoop up a total of 28 million yuan (around $3.76 million). The loophole allowed a 5-minute window to players to purchase a ticket after the draw for the same draw. Technically it was a glitch that the lottery was responsible for, but government officials sentenced Zhao Liqun to a life sentence.

Where is he now?

He is currently serving his life sentence in prison, with all his property confiscated by the government.

2. Stefan Mandel

Why we find him interesting?

This guy was smart and used his wits to beat the lottery and successfully won 14 times. What makes him interesting is that he developed his own algorithm and claimed that the algorithm was capable of predicting 5 out of 6 numbers correctly for the next draw. He formed a syndicate from a group of “investors” who invested their money in the Virginia lottery. His strategy was to purchase every possible combination to guarantee a jackpot win. It was the first time someone pulled off this strategy successfully. The syndicate won $27 million but triggered an investigation. It took them 4 years to get their winnings.

Where is he now?

As of now, Stefan Mandel is living in a beach house somewhere in Vanuatu and has put lotteries firmly in his past.

3. Nick Perry            

Why we find him interesting?

Nick Perry was the TV host for the Philadelphia lottery drawing. He took advantage of his position and masterminded the infamous “triple six fix” scandal. Nick and his cohorts, his brother Jack and Peter Maragos, gained access to the lottery machines and swapped out the regular lottery balls with weighted balls. The schemers calculated the weight of the fake balls so precisely that they wouldn’t surely be sucked out of the machine’s vacuum tube. Additionally, they weighed balls numbered ‘4’ and ‘6’ to disguise their tampering. At first, the trick was a success, but of course, it didn’t take long for the authorities to detect something fishy.  It wasn’t long before they caught Perry and his cohorts.

Where is he now?

Nick Perry served his jail time until 1989 and after getting out of the jail, he held various odd jobs. He died on April 22, 2003.

4. Eddie Tipton 

Why we find him interesting?

Perhaps this is the biggest inside fraud ever perpetrated in the history of lotteries. Eddie Tipton was the security director at the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and had access to one of the most secure places, the Iowa Lottery’s draw room. He took advantage of his position and carried out an audacious fraud. He injected a virus in the random number generator program of the lottery computer. The rootkit made the program generate certain numbers on certain drawing dates. It allowed Eddie and his fellow fraudsters- his brother Tommy and a close friend- to play the predicted numbers and win about $22 million.

Where is he now?

Eddie was smart enough to design a program which was almost impossible to trace or to detect at first. He was caught after years of evasion because of his one major slip-up, he was caught on camera buying a lottery ticket that contained the suspicious winning numbers. As of now, he is serving a 25-year-long prison sentance.