We’ve recently reported about how a group had managed to track down and exploit a flaw in lottery machines, giving them the ability to print off winning tickets. Now it would seem that investigators have finally managed to track down the methods that Eddie Raymond Tipton, other gentlemen charged with tampering with lottery results, managed to win the lottery on not one but several occasions. It all turned out to be because he was able to act like an inside man and tamper with the random number generator that’s used to select the winning lottery balls.
At the time of the offense, Tipton was the information security director of the multi-state lottery associated. Using this authority he was able to access the random number generator room where he installed several dynamic link libraries (DLLs) to random number generators system. The reason it’s taken so long for the methods used to be determined is because there wasn’t a set pattern, not every result was predictable but as it turns out, some were.
Triggered on three particular days of the year, one at a certain time of a day while the other two were triggered on specific days, the software would then instead of creating random numbers use a provided algorithm, one that Tipton was aware and could calculate the results of.
The lottery is all about odds, from your numbers being picked to choosing to stay with your classic numbers or go for a lucky dip this weekend. It seemed that a group of people didn’t quite want luck to factor in and had in fact hacked lottery terminals in order to print winning tickets.
A group of six people has been charged with the crime in which they worked or owned retail stores that took part in the 5 Card Cash game in Connecticut. The only reason they got caught? They were winning too much.
Typically the state average for winning the lottery was 24 percent, but in one of the stores, there was a 76% chance of winning. They were able to do this by tampering with the terminals used to print lottery tickets and then cash them in. They might not be all of it though as investigators are claiming that “more arrests may be made in the future”.
“An investigator for the Connecticut Lottery determined that terminal operators could slow down their lottery machines by requesting a number of database reports or by entering several requests for lottery game tickets. While those reports were being processed, the operator could enter sales for 5 Card Cash tickets. Before the tickets would print, however, the operator could see on a screen if the tickets were instant winners. If tickets were not winners, the operator could cancel the sale before the tickets printed.”
The 5 Card Cash game was cancelled after several months when the lottery officials realised that it came with more winning tickets than the system should have allowed. To this day, the game has remained suspended and looks to remain that way with the revelation of how many people were able to break the system for profit.
Ubisoft apparently tends to take pre-release sales to a new level of marketing. The first sign was when pre-orders started for Watch Dogs, having the company releasing the title in numerous versions, all with their own bonus content. This time, Ubisoft is clearly taking interest in pre-order content “uniqueness”, having users who pre-order the Assassin’s Creed Unity title granted access to a weekly lottery in which they have the chance to win various prizes.
The company has stated that the lottery winners will be drawn and rewarded every Friday, having the prizes consisting of in-game DLC and all the way to paid holidays in France and Canada. It is said that every user will get a free try to spin the wheel, having them usually receiving in-game content and prompted to set up a Unity account in order to claim it. Customers who pre-ordered the game however are said to be granted 5 more spins every week, increasing their chances to receive more valuable prizes.
Taking up this bold move and already releasing pre-ordering for the game four months ahead of its launch date does tend to raise questions about the actual game itself. The video details only what can be won and the bonus content and prizes customers have a chance to win, and nothing about how good the title will be, having the company looking a bit desperate from a point of view.
Nevertheless, Ubisoft did retain its ‘tradition’ in its pre-order system, having customers who pre-order the game be rewarded with the Chemical Revolutions mission pack. In addition to the latter, retailers are also said to offer their own bonus material along with the pre-order and the included mission pack.
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