Jackpot-fixing investigation expands

Posted at 2:51 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 16:55:06-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Investigators have expanded their inquiry into a lottery tampering scheme to determine if a former Iowa national lottery official may have rigged jackpots in more games than presently known.

Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted in July of fraud after buying a winning lottery ticket in Des Moines in 2010.  He was accused of rigging lottery computers to allow him to determine the winning number in advance.

Tipton is also accused of rigging jackpots in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, which use computers or code provided by the multi-state lottery.  Investigators are now looking into possible tampering with lotteries in 37 other states or territories that used association computers since Tipton joined the association in 2003.