CRIME

Ex-Iowa lottery official gets 10 years in prison for trying to rig game to win $14M prize

  • Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton, left, leaves the Polk County Courthouse with his attorney Nicholas Sarcone after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton, left, leaves the Polk County Courthouse with his attorney Nicholas Sarcone after sentencing, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton was sentenced to 10 years after a jury found he 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

A former lottery security official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for rigging a computerized Hot Lotto game in 2010 in an attempt to win a $14 million jackpot in Iowa.

Eddie Tipton, of Norwalk, never got any of the money, but a jury convicted him in July on two counts of fraud. The 52-year-old also was accused of trying to get acquaintances to cash the prize for him without revealing his identity.

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, Judge Jeffrey Farrell told Tipton his violation of trust was the biggest factor in him receiving the maximum sentence on each count.

Prosecutors say Tipton inserted a stealth program into the computer that picks numbers for the game and then bought tickets.

Tipton is appealing and remains free on bond.