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Lottery rigging trial to be moved out of Des Moines

Jun 27, 2016, 2:19 pm

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New venue to be determined later

A new felony trial for a former Iowa lottery security official already convicted of scheming to win a $16.5 million jackpot will be moved out of Des Moines, a judge has ruled.

Eddie Tipton, formerly an information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted last year of two fraud counts stemming from an attempt to rig a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing and claim the winning ticket purchased at a Des Moines QuikTrip.

After his conviction, he was charged in Polk County District Court with new counts of ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering when authorities began investigating tainted drawings in several other states reportedly linked to Tipton.

Judge Bradley McCall ruled on Friday to move Tipton's new trial to a courthouse outside of central Iowa, citing defense lawyers' concerns about media coverage of the proceedings from The Des Moines Register, KCCI Channel 8 and WHO-TV. Tipton's attorneys pointed to almost 500 pages of news reports about the case that they argued would bias a jury pool against their client, including articles calling Tipton a "scammer."

"There is little question the pending case, and Tipton's prior trial, have received extensive media coverage, most notably in central Iowa," McCall wrote in his ruling. "As pointed out by Tipton, a significant number of articles published since Tipton's first trial have used less than neutral verbiage in describing the pending charges against Tipton."

A trial date and new venue will be picked at a later date, according to McCall's order.

Tipton's brother and a longtime friend are also facing felony charges in Iowa tied to the fraud investigation.

Timeline of the biggest crime in US lottery history

The following is a compilation of Lottery Post news coverage chronicling the Hot Lotto mystery and subsequently discovered crime.

We start the timeline with a news story indicating that only 3 months remained for the $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot to be claimed.

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2015

2016

Des Moines Register, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: June 27, 2016, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

Would be great if 12 members of LP forum could be on that jury.  If you could pick 12 LPr's to be on that jury, who would they be?  LOL

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    Sully16, and noise-gate.  oh yeah maybe hearsetrax LOL

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      Sully16, and noise-gate.  oh yeah maybe hearsetrax LOL

      Yea, Sully seems like she wouldn't take sht from anyone.  noise-gate seems way to mellow and laid-back to send someone to prison.  hearsetrax would be a good pick for jury foreman...Call him the hangman.  LOL

      Never give up.  Banana

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        maybe you like to be on the jury to Smash

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          no it wouldn't workout you must judge by facts not feelings or hear say Green laugh

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            Yea, Sully seems like she wouldn't take sht from anyone.  noise-gate seems way to mellow and laid-back to send someone to prison.  hearsetrax would be a good pick for jury foreman...Call him the hangman.  LOL

            What ever happened to our Tennessee LP member?  He'd be an excellent juror.  I would never make a good juror, I'd be prejudiced.  I'd say if he wasn't arrested then he didn't do the crime and guilty as charged.

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              Posted: June 27, 2016, 4:38 pm - IP Logged

              maybe you like to be on the jury to Smash

              Yea I'd love to be on that jury.  Hey Tipton, give me 500K and I'll say you're not guilty... If the Clintons can sell favors for money...Why can't I?

              Never give up.  Banana

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                Yea, Sully seems like she wouldn't take sht from anyone.  noise-gate seems way to mellow and laid-back to send someone to prison.  hearsetrax would be a good pick for jury foreman...Call him the hangman.  LOL

                Mellow & laid back huh?- l would throw Pickone4me's a*  in jail if l saw him throwing a cigarette butt on the ground in public.Come to think of it- the same would apply to that " Prince" guy who loves to cause all kinds of ridiculous mischief here. I would be pointing the finger at both. How's that for mellowness?

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                  Mellow & laid back huh?- l would throw Pickone4me's a*  in jail if l saw him throwing a cigarette butt on the ground in public.Come to think of it- the same would apply to that " Prince" guy who loves to cause all kinds of ridiculous mischief here. I would be pointing the finger at both. How's that for mellowness?

                  Wow.  Sorry noise-gate.  Thought all you Northern California guys were the same.  Nice to know there's at least one man left in California.

                  Never give up.  Banana

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                    Would be great if 12 members of LP forum could be on that jury.  If you could pick 12 LPr's to be on that jury, who would they be?  LOL

                    I'm hoping you're just kidding around because possible jurist knowledge of the rigging from and TV and news coverage is why the trial is being moved.

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                      Wow.  Sorry noise-gate.  Thought all you Northern California guys were the same.  Nice to know there's at least one man left in California.

                      No need for an apology- Not every Northern Californian is a pothead- Grateful dead fans notwithstanding.

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                        "HE DID IT, FRY HIS A$$!!"  ROFL

                        Guess that would get me thrown out real quick like.
                        Green laugh

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                          Yea, Sully seems like she wouldn't take sht from anyone.  noise-gate seems way to mellow and laid-back to send someone to prison.  hearsetrax would be a good pick for jury foreman...Call him the hangman.  LOL

                          LOL, I am sweet as a cream filled cupcake, who am I kidding ?, Tipton wouldn't stand a chance with me.Angry

                          Hi LP family, won't be posting for a couple days, Hurt my right arm.

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                            no it wouldn't workout you must judge by facts not feelings or hear say Green laugh

                            Welcome back helpmewin,  are you going to start another thread where you post nothing but emoties?

                            Hi LP family, won't be posting for a couple days, Hurt my right arm.