Prosecutor: Industry insider fixed 2 Kansas jackpots
Iowa City, Iowa – — The former security chief for a national association that operates lotteries personally bought two tickets that won jackpots in Kansas, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have fixed lotteries.
Investigators recently linked Kansas jackpots won in 2010 to Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorney general Rob Sand disclosed in court documents. The evidence will show that Tipton associates who claimed the prizes returned half of the money in cash directly to him in early 2011, he wrote.
Tipton allegedly purchased two winning tickets to the “2by2” game at separate locations while he was traveling through Kansas on business in December 2010, the Kansas Lottery said in a statement. Each was worth $22,000, the prize for any player with the day’s winning numbers, and were claimed by individuals from Iowa and Texas, the statement said.
As chief of security for the association managing lotteries for 37 states and territories, Tipton managed random number generators that pick winning numbers for some national games such as Hot Lotto and games played in individual states.
Kansas Lottery officials said they were asked to look into those jackpots by Iowa investigators earlier this month. The alleged manipulation of those tickets happened at the association headquarters in Iowa, not on any Kansas Lottery equipment, the statement said.
Prosecutors believe that Tipton, 52, used his access to those machines to surreptitiously install software programs that let him know the winning numbers in advance before disappearing without a trace.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted Tipton of fraud for fixing a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot dating back to 2010.