Caught! Iowa Man Who Rigged Lottery Six Times in Five Different States Readies Himself for Prison

Eddie Tipton

*Dang, all that money and where you’re going, its no good. Nah, not straight to hell, worse, prison. While the rest of us stick to buying lottery scratchers or powerball tickets, and continue to win a few dollars here and there or nothing at all, I know of one man who wishes he were us right now. 

A computer programmer named Eddie Tipton, 54, would probably give anything — even two million dollars — to switch places with you. But no such luck, homeboy is headed to prison. In June, Tipton admitted to masterminding a multi-state lottery-rigging scheme where he picked winning numbers and raked in $2 million.

“The depth of his deceit is dumbfounding,” said Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand in court filings that seek a 25-year term.

In the paperwork he stated, “Such crimes cannot be answered without a prison sentence.”

Tipton, who told investigators he secretly installed computer software that allowed him to pick numbers, admitted to doing so six times in five different states. Eventually he brought his brother, Tommy Tipton, a friend, Robert Rhodesand others to buy the tickets.

Tipton was arrested in 2015, and his sentencing takes place on Tuesday. He could get up to 25 years in prison for fixing games.

Tommy Tipton, Eddie’s brother, is serving a 75-day sentence in Texas, and Rhodes, the friend, is set to be sentenced on Aug. 25.

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