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Lottery jackpot rigger's Iowa convictions dismissed

Jun 23, 2017, 11:36 am

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed the conviction of an Iowa man who just last week pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related with rigging lottery computers in order to win jackpots.

The court issued a ruling Friday dismissing Eddie Tipton's conviction for tampering with lottery equipment. The ruling said the statute of limitations on one of the counts against him had expired and improper instructions given on the other count could have influenced the jury.

Eddie Tipton entered a guilty plea in federal court to theft by fraud and computer crime in Wisconsin last week. He has also agreed to admit to ongoing criminal conduct charges in Iowa later this month.

Friday's ruling ordering a retrial for Eddie Tipton in the 2010 Hot Lotto jackpot is a victory for his defense but might have little practical impact.

Iowa prosecutors already agreed this month to vacate the conviction under the plea agreement and not pursue further action against Eddie Tipton.

Officials say while he was the Information Security Director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, Tipton tampered with the computers that are designed to randomly choose the winning jackpot numbers. His crime came to light following an investigation into a winning Hot Lotto ticket for a 2010 $16 million jackpot. Tipton bought the ticket and tried to claim it through several avenues, while remaining anonymous. The jackpot wasn't able to be claimed before the deadline expired.

Tipton's brother Tommy Tipton and other associates were also linked to rigged lottery jackpots in several other states.

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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Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

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    Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:56 pm - IP Logged

    Now he is going to use this case to try to get all of the other convictions dismissed.

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      Posted: June 24, 2017, 6:30 am - IP Logged

      Don't think he will do much time. It's not like he murdered someone anyway. Fraud will perhaps give him 5-10 years in prison.

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        Don't think he will do much time. It's not like he murdered someone anyway. Fraud will perhaps give him 5-10 years in prison.

        It is way more than fraud. I say 20 years. His actions had an effect in trust in the lottery system as well. This was also repeat criminal conduct  that went on for years.

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          He was convicted in Iowa and appealed. The Iowa court dismissed one count because it was outside the SOL.  The other count they reversed bc of jury instruction error and ordered a retrial.  However, while the appeal was pending, Tipton pled guilty in Federal court and the Iowa prosecutors agreed to dismiss the Iowa charges because of his federal plea.  He got away with nothing. 

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            Posted: June 24, 2017, 10:02 am - IP Logged

            So he gets to keep the money he won?

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              Posted: June 25, 2017, 5:03 am - IP Logged

              Lawyers are always trying to run the clock out when their client is guilty.

              RL

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                Posted: June 25, 2017, 6:26 am - IP Logged

                In a news article titled "

                Five times computer programmer Eddie Tipton rigged lottery draws - and won millions"

                 “Accused of installing software on Random Number Generators that allowed him to predict winning combinations for drawings that occurred on three dates every non-leap year — Nov. 23, Dec. 29 and May 27

                Do you think he wasn’t greedy enough to buy a ticket on all the winning days. Believe me that is all he got caught on.

                What makes me sick is…

                The brothers will repay $3 million to Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas.

                Other news sources say it is a total of 3 million for all the states combined.  I’m sure they have a lot more than that.

                They get to keep all the lottery money they couldn’t discover was stolen.

                The Judge Tommy Tipton, gets to be a judge still, because of a misdemeanor…

                “Tommy Tipton's attorney, Mark Weinhardt, said his client was pleased to reach a "sensible resolution" in which he'll serve 75 days after pleading to a misdemeanor.

                 

                These are taken from multiple news sources including one titled 

                "

                Ex-lottery worker in Iowa convicted of rigging system to win $14 million"

                Tipton, of Norwalk, had been working for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 and was promoted to information security director in 2013. The nonprofit association is operated by 37 mostly state-run lotteries to oversee picking numbers for various games and other lottery game administrative functions.

                The Tiptons and friend Robert Rhodes bought winning numbers for drawings in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011

                Notice he had manipulated the computers before he became Director. How did he get such access?

                I’m just disgusted so much that I don’t want to play the lottery anymore, and I don’t!

                I’m sure others would feel the same, and that’s why lottery associations sweep all that they can under the rug and the rest they won’t investigate for fear of finding negative news.

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                  Posted: June 25, 2017, 9:15 am - IP Logged

                  In a news article titled "

                  Five times computer programmer Eddie Tipton rigged lottery draws - and won millions"

                   “Accused of installing software on Random Number Generators that allowed him to predict winning combinations for drawings that occurred on three dates every non-leap year — Nov. 23, Dec. 29 and May 27

                  Do you think he wasn’t greedy enough to buy a ticket on all the winning days. Believe me that is all he got caught on.

                  What makes me sick is…

                  The brothers will repay $3 million to Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas.

                  Other news sources say it is a total of 3 million for all the states combined.  I’m sure they have a lot more than that.

                  They get to keep all the lottery money they couldn’t discover was stolen.

                  The Judge Tommy Tipton, gets to be a judge still, because of a misdemeanor…

                  “Tommy Tipton's attorney, Mark Weinhardt, said his client was pleased to reach a "sensible resolution" in which he'll serve 75 days after pleading to a misdemeanor.

                   

                  These are taken from multiple news sources including one titled 

                  "

                  Ex-lottery worker in Iowa convicted of rigging system to win $14 million"

                  Tipton, of Norwalk, had been working for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 and was promoted to information security director in 2013. The nonprofit association is operated by 37 mostly state-run lotteries to oversee picking numbers for various games and other lottery game administrative functions.

                  The Tiptons and friend Robert Rhodes bought winning numbers for drawings in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011

                  Notice he had manipulated the computers before he became Director. How did he get such access?

                  I’m just disgusted so much that I don’t want to play the lottery anymore, and I don’t!

                  I’m sure others would feel the same, and that’s why lottery associations sweep all that they can under the rug and the rest they won’t investigate for fear of finding negative news.

                  He's a greedy rogue with a couple friends for helpers who got stupid and got caught.

                  I think the biggest lesson learned from all this is just how vulnerable RNG lottery draws are. Yet, there are lotteries that refuse to change to ball drawn games. 

                  Just play lottery games that are ball drawn and stay away from RNG games. That simple.

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                    Posted: June 26, 2017, 7:30 am - IP Logged

                    In a news article titled "

                    Five times computer programmer Eddie Tipton rigged lottery draws - and won millions"

                     “Accused of installing software on Random Number Generators that allowed him to predict winning combinations for drawings that occurred on three dates every non-leap year — Nov. 23, Dec. 29 and May 27

                    Do you think he wasn’t greedy enough to buy a ticket on all the winning days. Believe me that is all he got caught on.

                    What makes me sick is…

                    The brothers will repay $3 million to Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas.

                    Other news sources say it is a total of 3 million for all the states combined.  I’m sure they have a lot more than that.

                    They get to keep all the lottery money they couldn’t discover was stolen.

                    The Judge Tommy Tipton, gets to be a judge still, because of a misdemeanor…

                    “Tommy Tipton's attorney, Mark Weinhardt, said his client was pleased to reach a "sensible resolution" in which he'll serve 75 days after pleading to a misdemeanor.

                     

                    These are taken from multiple news sources including one titled 

                    "

                    Ex-lottery worker in Iowa convicted of rigging system to win $14 million"

                    Tipton, of Norwalk, had been working for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 and was promoted to information security director in 2013. The nonprofit association is operated by 37 mostly state-run lotteries to oversee picking numbers for various games and other lottery game administrative functions.

                    The Tiptons and friend Robert Rhodes bought winning numbers for drawings in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011

                    Notice he had manipulated the computers before he became Director. How did he get such access?

                    I’m just disgusted so much that I don’t want to play the lottery anymore, and I don’t!

                    I’m sure others would feel the same, and that’s why lottery associations sweep all that they can under the rug and the rest they won’t investigate for fear of finding negative news.

                    They get to keep all the lottery money they couldn’t discover was stolen.

                    He was stealing from legitimate players who thought they were playing a fair game.  All of them should have been sent to jail.

                    Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

                    “Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.” – Zig Ziglar

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                      Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:04 am - IP Logged

                      They get to keep all the lottery money they couldn’t discover was stolen.

                      He was stealing from legitimate players who thought they were playing a fair game.  All of them should have been sent to jail.

                      If they cant prove it's stolen, then no, they shouldnt take it.  However, they will have to make restitution on the money they did steal plus the courts, especially the feds, levee huge fines on sentenced defendants.