CRIME

Jury deliberates fraud charges against former lottery vendor in mystery Hot Lotto case

In this July 15, 2015, photo, Eddie Tipton looks over at his lawyers before the start of his trial at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how Tipton, a lottery security officer, allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket for a $14 million jackpot and then attempted to cash it anonymously. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register) MANDATORY CREDIT

In this July 15, 2015, photo, Eddie Tipton looks over at his lawyers before the start of his trial at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how Tipton, a lottery security officer, allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket for a $14 million jackpot and then attempted to cash it anonymously. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

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.