Lottery fraudster in fresh trouble after rigging €14m jackpot

Lottery fraudster in fresh trouble after rigging €14m jackpot

Authorities in Iowa have brought new charges against a former lottery security officer who rigged a game so he could win a $14m (€12m) jackpot.

Iowa Lottery and Department of Public Safety said Eddie Tipton had been charged with ongoing criminal conduct over the tampering of lottery equipment so his brother and a friend could win prizes in Colorado and Wisconsin.

A jury convicted Tipton in July of two counts of fraud for rigging a computerised Hot Lotto game in 2010. Prosecutors say he inserted a programme into the computer that picks numbers and then bought tickets.

Tipton, 52, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is appealing, posted a $25,000 (€22,000) bail bond and was released from Polk County Jail.

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