Atty wants Bigfoot out of lottery-fixing trial

Posted at 5:10 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 18:10:04-05

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Three friends involved in buying tickets and claiming jackpots that were allegedly fixed by a lottery insider have something else unusual in common.

They allegedly hunt for Bigfoot in their spare time.

In a legal motion that is as strange as the elusive humanoid, Iowa prosecutor Rob Sand asked a judge Monday to bar any discussion of Bigfoot hunting at the upcoming trial of Eddie Tipton. He says the "prejudicial effect could potentially be as strong as Sasquatch itself."

Tipton is the former Multi-State Lottery Association security director who's accused of rigging jackpots in Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma to enrich himself and his friends.

Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, says the state's "whole case is a Bigfoot hunt," saying there is no evidence he tampered with lottery equipment.