- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former lottery worker fixed a Hot Lotto game in his favor and attempted to claim a $14 million prize in a “21st century inside job,” a prosecutor said Tuesday during opening statements in the worker’s fraud trial.

Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand told jurors in a Polk County courtroom that Eddie Tipton, 52, of Norwalk, fixed random-number generating computers to pick numbers for the Dec. 23, 2010, Hot Lotto drawing. Sand says Tipton then bought a ticket with those numbers and unsuccessfully tried to get others to cash it without disclosing the buyer.

“He tampered with lottery equipment in order to know what the winning numbers would be,” Sand said.

Tipton had worked for the Urbandale-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003. As information security director he had access to the secure room housing the random-number generating computer.

Tipton faces two counts of fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He has denied the accusations.

The Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1V07K1w ) that defense attorney Dean Stowers told jurors there’s no evidence linking Tipton to people who tried to claim the ticket.

“No contact of any kind,” he said. “No cellphone calls, no nothing.”

Kathy Cubit, a web developer for the Iowa Lottery, said she had phone conversations over the years with Tipton. She said she recognized Tipton’s voice on a circulated video that showed a hooded person buying the ticket. She said she was certain it was Tipton’s voice, even if the defense “had evidence Tipton was on the moon at the time.”

Additional testimony Tuesday came from a Maine lottery official and Steve Bogle, vice president of security for the Iowa Lottery.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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