An article released by BBC News is indicating that the former security boss of a lottery in the US has been charged with fraud after allegedly hacking the computer that picks the winning numbers.
So what does that have to do with Belize? Well according to the report the court filings suggest there was an attempt to claim the prize just hours before it was scheduled to expire by a company incorporated in Belize.
Eddie Raymond Tipton was the security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association when he was arrested in January 2015 by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations after he was caught on closed circuit television buying the winning lottery ticket.
The $14.3 million US dollars prize was never claimed. And while Tipton denies the charges, court papers filed by prosecutors in the case, indicate that the 51 year old may have inserted a thumb drive into a highly locked-down computer housed in a glass room and constantly monitored by a video camera that's supposed to generate the random numbers used to determine lottery winners.
It is alleged that Tipton used his position as security director to change the video camera settings and record only one second in every minute. This would have given him enough time to enter the room and plug a thumb drive into the computer.
On that drive, according to the prosecution, was a rootkit: a stealthy computer program designed to do a specific task and, in this case, then erase itself.
That task was to predetermine the winning lottery numbers for the draw that Mr Tipton was to later buy the winning ticket for. As a member of staff, Mr Tipton was not allowed to win the lottery himself. If found guilty of the two charges of fraud, Mr Tipton faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $7,500.
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