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Lottery insider's brother arrested in jackpot-fixing scandal

  • This Wednesday, April 6, 2016 booking photo released by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa, shows Tommy Tipton. Tipton turned himself in to face charges that he conspired with his brother, former lottery vendor Eddie Tipton, to win rigged jackpots worth millions of dollars in Oklahoma and Colorado. (Polk County Jail via AP)

    This Wednesday, April 6, 2016 booking photo released by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa, shows Tommy Tipton. Tipton turned himself in to face charges that he conspired with his brother, former lottery vendor Eddie Tipton, to win rigged jackpots worth millions of dollars in Oklahoma and Colorado. (Polk County Jail via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, after his sentencing in a jackpot-fixing scandal. On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Tipton's brother, Tommy Tipton was charged in connection with jackpots claimed in Oklahoma and Colorado. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, former lottery security officer Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, after his sentencing in a jackpot-fixing scandal. On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Tipton's brother, Tommy Tipton was charged in connection with jackpots claimed in Oklahoma and Colorado. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (The Associated Press)

Investigators say they've uncovered how a lottery employee allegedly rigged jackpots and have charged his brother in connection with prizes in Oklahoma and Colorado.

Tommy Tipton, a former justice of the peace in Texas, surrendered to Iowa authorities on Wednesday. He's the brother of Eddie Tipton, who was convicted of fixing a $16.5 million jackpot and faces charges related to other jackpots.

Prosecutors allege Eddie Tipton used his job with the Multi-State Lottery Association to tamper with random number generators used by lotteries.

Authorities said Wednesday they've recovered the generator used for a $2 million jackpot claimed by Eddie Tipton's friend. An examination found that code allowed numbers to be picked by a different program three days of the year.

All six jackpots linked to Tipton were drawn on either Nov. 23 or Dec. 29.