The industry is in deep shock after a multi-state lottery fraud. The Iowa security chief Eddie Tipton made the mastermind plan for lottery fraud which leads his upcoming 25 years behind bars in prison as he sentenced 25 years in prison. He has been charged for doing fraud in drawing jackpots.
Before his sentencing in the Polk County District Court Tipton said, “I certainly regret” on my actions and what happened, his co-workers were also there in the courtroom.
Tipton said, “It’s difficult even saying that with all the people I know behind me that I hurt, and I regret it. I’m sorry.”
According to his attorneys, the sentenced years are uncertain, Tipton could get parole within 3-4 years.
Before sentencing Tipton for 25 years, District Court Judge Brad McCall told him that he has 0% doubt on the intelligence of the former Iowa Lottery employee. McCall also advised him to use his jail time to think about his action. He added that Tipton did not use his intelligence for a legal purpose.
District Court Judge Brad McCall said, “It is indeed unfortunate that you did not use that intelligence to prosper by legal means.” McCall added, “Instead you chose an illegal path.”
Tipton manipulated the winning numbers of country’s most famous lottery drawings, he misused his post of a computer programmer in the Iowa offices of the Multi-State Lottery Association where he was working since a long time.
$16.5 million Hot Lotto ticket was purchased or you can say collected anonymously from the Des Moines convenience store, it was the beginning of his fraud.
Tipton accepted that he fixed the games in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The former Texas judge Tommy Tipton, his brother and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes helped him in fixing the games. Tipton brothers now have to pay $3 million back in restitution.