Lottery rigging scam gets Iowa computer programmer up to 25 years in prison

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A former Iowa lottery computer programmer who admitted to rigging computers to enable him to pick winning numbers and cheat four states out of more than $2 million over six years was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison on Tuesday.

Eddie Tipton, the former information technology manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, told the court, “I regret my actions and I’m sorry for the people I hurt.”

Under Iowa law, the 54-year-old is likely to serve less than 25 years, probably between three and five years.

As part of his plea dal, Tipton also admitted to committing theft by fraud and a computer crime in Wisconsin, where he’ll be sentenced in September. The agreement allows him to serve his Wisconsin sentence at the same time he serves his Iowa prison sentence.

Tipton also agreed to repay the $2.2 million to the four states in which he rigged the games.

Read more at Chicago Tribune

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.