Charges against former lottery executive extend to fifth US state

Charges against former lottery executive extend to fifth US state

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Totally Gaming
Eddie Tipton, pictured during his days as an MUSL executive

The former information security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) could have fixed results in as many as five US states, according to new charges revealed this week.

Eddie Tipton is currently appealing a 10-year prison sentence he received in Iowa earlier this year after being found guilty of fraud for fixing a $16.5m (€15.1m) Hot Lotto jackpot in 2010.

Since his conviction, Iowa prosecutors have charged Tipton with ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering for allegedly fixing jackpots valued at $8m in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as long ago as 2005.

Further charges relating to Kansas were added on Monday, after it was revealed that the state’s Attorney General's Office has launched a criminal investigation into his role in the purchase of two prize-winning 2by2 tickets, which recouped $44,000, in the state in 2010.

In his job at the MUSL, managing lotteries for 37 states and territories, Tipton was in charge of random number generators that pick winning numbers for some national games such as Hot Lotto and games played in individual lotteries. As a lottery vendor, Tipton was barred from playing the games.

Prosecutors believe that Tipton surreptitiously installed software programmes that let him know the winning numbers in advance, and was aided by associates such as his brother Tommy Tipton — a Texas judge — and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes.

Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, told the Iowa court that there is no evidence that Tipton tampered with the computers, and argued that any charges related to old jackpots should be barred by the three-year statute of limitations.

MUSL, a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries, runs some of the biggest lottery games in the US, including Powerball.

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