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Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case

Jan 11, 2017, 4:18 pm

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million.

Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Des Moines courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will seek two years of probation.

Rhodes says he helped Tipton try to cash a $16.5 million 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto ticket but suspicious officials never paid.

Rhodes agreed to testify against Tipton and his brother, Tommy Tipton. They're charged in Iowa for tinkering with computers to make lottery numbers predictable in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin games. They deny the charges.

Rhodes says he'll also plead guilty in Wisconsin where he'll likely get six months in jail and a requirement to repay $391,500, half of a 2007 Megabucks jackpot.

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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11 comments. Last comment 5 years ago by dallascowboyfan.
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Marana AZ
United States
Member #145335
August 3, 2013
275 Posts

No honor among Lottery thieves.

    hearsetrax's avatar - dbf9afa3cf5f7402577dd638c8fd78e2 r=pg&f=y&s=128&d=robohash

    United States
    Member #52343
    May 21, 2007
    3457 Posts

    Skeptical  hmmmph

    String them all up by thar toes

      temptustoo's avatar - cat anm.gif
      United States
      Member #89194
      April 2, 2010
      2826 Posts

      what a bunch of bull.............  got away with hardly a slap on the hand..  our laws suck for lottery crooks.

        lejardin's avatar - Lottery-014.jpg

        United States
        Member #118604
        November 4, 2011
        1443 Posts

        Tipton brothers are pleading not guilty and Robert Rhodes who helped Tipton collect on the winnings is going to testify against Tipton.   Hmmmmmm wonder who is lying?  Lurking

          dpoly1's avatar - driver
          United States
          Member #66139
          October 16, 2008
          1998 Posts


          They couldn't be happy having a good job ............

          dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -


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            White Shores- California
            United States
            Member #136471
            December 12, 2012
            6813 Posts

            It's all about saving one's own skin by making a deal. In other words being prepared to fall on one's own sword if need be . Another Robert that can't be trusted. 

             * Voice of Reason *   

            * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

              Seattle, Washington
              United States
              Member #121147
              January 3, 2012
              130 Posts

              What a bunch of ham-fisted morons.  I'm not even slightly larcenous, and I bet I could come up with a better cash-in scheme than what these idiots tried; I particularly enjoyed the attorney claiming to lottery officials that "we'll give all the money to charity" if they'd only approve the claim...

                United States
                Member #162427
                January 2, 2015
                2794 Posts


                They couldn't be happy having a good job ............

                I Agree! 100%...

                  HaveABall's avatar - rocket

                  United States
                  Member #72446
                  March 18, 2009
                  1391 Posts

                  Robert Rhodes sure did get sued for a few different things during these past 12 years! Dupe Alert

                  Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


                    Bellingham, WA
                    United States
                    Member #86466
                    February 4, 2010
                    44 Posts

                    PatriotAll of this scandal B/S would end if they would bring back the numbered balls!!!

                      dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
                      United States
                      Member #82389
                      November 12, 2009
                      6371 Posts

                      Bunch of thugs the judicial system is a freaking joke.

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