Des Moines, Iowa – A computer programmer masterminds a lottery fraud scheme


Posted on the 29th of June 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – A computer programmer masterminds a lottery fraud scheme

Eddie Tipton, 54, who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association from 2003 to 2015 admitted to manipulating the computer software that he designed in order to rig the winning numbers for lottery jackpots in a number of states, including; Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas. Tipton provided the winning numbers to his brother, Tommy Tipton, and a friend, Robert Rhodes, who shared the winnings with him. As a result of the scheme, the group managed to collect approximately $2.2 million in prizes. When asked by Judge Brad McCall to explain what he did, Tipton replied; “I wrote software that included code that allowed me to understand or technically predict winning numbers, and I gave those numbers to other individuals who then won the lottery and shared the winnings with me.” Eddie Tipton pleaded guilty to one Class B felony count of ongoing criminal conduct and could face up to 25 years in prison, while his brother pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit theft by deception and was sentenced to serve 75 days in a Texas jail. Eddie Tipton, Tommy Tipton and Robert Rhodes were ordered to repay the $2.2 million.

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