find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Twist in baffling unclaimed Lotto case

Twist in baffling unclaimed Lotto case

Investigators have caught a break in a mysterious US $14.3 million unclaimed Lotto ticket mystery involving a New York lawyer.


Iowa man Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, has been arrested after being identified as the mystery winner of a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto prize, reports ABC News.

Media reports reveal that Tipton, who is the security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa, bought the winning ticket in 2010, despite being legally prohibited. He has been charged with two counts of fraud.

It’s too late now for anyone to claim the $14.3 million prize. However, one attempt to grab the cash was made just hours before the deadline expired.

Crawford Shaw, 77, a New York lawyer, attempted to claim the ticket in 2011. He said he was representing an anonymous trust and that the proceeds would go to a corporation in Belize, which has a reputation as being a tax haven.

Folklaw gives Shaw an A for effort, but lottery officials were unsurprisingly reluctant to hand over millions to a mystery trust and demanded that Shaw reveal the identity of the winner.

Shaw subsequently withdrew the claim and the $14.3 million was forfeited.

Tipton is being held at the Polk County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney…

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Twist in baffling unclaimed Lotto case
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA applauds proposed Modern Slavery Act
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed new recommendations for the development of a Modern Slaver...
Top-tier offers targeted mentoring for Indigenous law students
Students at Macquarie University will be the first to benefit from a new Indigenous mentoring progra...
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...