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Eddie Tipton, the cyber security expert and brainpower behind a lottery rigging scandal that netted $2 million in illegal winnings from five state lotteries pleaded guilty Thursday, June 29, 2017, to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct charge at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. For the first time in an Iowa courtroom, Eddie Tipton admitted to playing a central role in the rigging scheme after more than two years of adamant denials in the face of mounting evidence against him. (Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP)

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Eddie Tipton, the cyber security expert and brainpower behind a lottery rigging scandal that netted $2 million in illegal winnings from five state lotteries pleaded guilty Thursday, June 29, 2017, to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct charge at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Tommy Tipton, Eddie's brother, is at left. Eddie Tipton on Thursday admitted for the first time that he manipulated the computer software he helped design, allowing him to pick winning numbers. Tipton and his brother, Tommy Tipton will repay $3 million in prizes they improperly claimed as part of a plea agreement they’ve reached with prosecutors in Iowa and Wisconsin. (Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP)

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FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, former lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton looks toward his lawyers before the start of his trial in a jackpot rigging scandal in Des Moines, Iowa. As Tipton prepares to fight criminal charges in Iowa and Wisconsin, he faces the prospect of his best friend, Texas businessman Robert Rhodes, taking the witness stand and spilling details about how he created computer code that enabled him to predict winning numbers. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)