Sunday 21 January 2018

Lottery fraudster accused of rigging more games

Lottery fraudster Eddie Tipton is facing more charges
Lottery fraudster Eddie Tipton is facing more charges

Authorities in Iowa have brought new charges against a former lottery security officer who rigged a game so he could win a 14 million-dollar (£9m) jackpot.

Iowa Lottery and Department of Public Safety said Eddie Tipton had been charged with ongoing criminal conduct over the tampering of lottery equipment so his brother and a friend could win prizes in Colorado and Wisconsin.

A jury convicted Tipton in July of two counts of fraud for rigging a computerised Hot Lotto game in 2010. Prosecutors say he inserted a programme into the computer that picks numbers and then bought tickets.

Tipton, 52, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is appealing, posted a 25,000-dollar (£16,300) bail bond and was released from Polk County Jail.

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