DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa jury is deliberating the case of a former lottery security officer accused of fixing the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket worth millions then cash it anonymously through a network spanning Canada, Texas and New York.
Eddie Tipton, of Norwalk, Iowa, is charged with two counts of fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The four-day trial went to the jury Friday.
Prosecutors claim the 51-year-old Tipton fixed a random-number generating computer to pick numbers for a Dec. 23, 2010, drawing, bought a ticket with those numbers and tried to get others to cash it without disclosing the buyer.
Tipton denies fixing the computer or even buying the winning ticket.