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Brothers plead guilty to rigging lottery

Brothers plead guilty to rigging lottery
Posted at 3:01 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 16:04:29-04

Eddie Tipton, 54, pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in a multi-million dollar lottery rigging scheme that spread across five states. 

Tipton, a former security director for the Multistate Lottery Association, admitted to manipulating computer coding to generate winning numbers. 

“Today’s plea agreement is a crucial step in bringing to a close one of the biggest lottery mysteries in history," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said in a release. "The details we’ve already learned through this long-running investigation have allowed us at the Iowa Lottery to develop security enhancements across our games and procedures, and we remain mindful of the need to continually review our operations to make improvements."

Tipton's brother Tommy, 53, also pleaded guilty to a Class D felony, conspiracy to commit theft.  

Eddie Titpon's criminal case in Iowa began after a suspicious claim of a $14.3 million jackpot in December of 2010, that claim was never paid. He was convicted of felony fraud in 2015. 

Tipton must also repay the more than $2.2 million in money he illegally collected.