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Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case

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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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2016

2017

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AP, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: January 11, 2017, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

No honor among Lottery thieves.

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    Posted: January 11, 2017, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

    Skeptical  hmmmph

    String them all up by thar toes

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      Posted: January 11, 2017, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

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

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        Posted: January 11, 2017, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

        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

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          Posted: January 11, 2017, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

          Mad

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

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            Posted: January 11, 2017, 7:17 pm - IP Logged

            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. 

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

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              Posted: January 11, 2017, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

              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...

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                Posted: January 11, 2017, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

                Mad

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

                I Agree! 100%...

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                  Posted: January 12, 2017, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

                  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!

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                    Posted: January 15, 2017, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

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

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                      Bunch of thugs the judicial system is a freaking joke.

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