Iowa Man Convicted Of Lottery Rigging Released From Prison

An Iowa man convicted of rigging lottery jackpots in several states has been released from prison.

Eddie Tipton served more than five years after pleading guilty to ongoing criminal conduct in 2017. He’d been sentenced to 25 years.

Tipton was head of security at the Multi-state Lottery Association. He implanted computer code that manipulated the numbers for jackpots worth at least 24 million in five states including Wisconsin.

Iowa Lottery officials refused to pay a 2010 jackpot to people who were trying to claim the money anonymously. The scheme unraveled when a co-worker saw video of a man in a hoodie buying the winning ticket and recognized Tipton.

Tipton has filed a court petition to have his conviction reversed and end the payment of restitution.