Trial for former lottery official moved from central Iowa

A judge has ordered the second trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in several states to be held outside of central Iowa because of extensive media coverage.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) a trial date and location for Eddie Tipton will be set later.

Tipton, formerly an information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted last year of fraud stemming from an attempt to rig a 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto drawing. He's appealed that verdict.

After his conviction, Tipton was charged with new counts of ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering tied to drawings in several other states.

Judge Bradley McCall cites defense lawyers' concerns about media coverage that could taint a jury against Tipton including nearly 500 pages of news reports.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,