Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges

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A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games has given up an extradition fight to face charges in Iowa.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says Robert Rhodes, of Sugar Land, Texas, reported to the Polk County jail Thursday to face lottery fraud charges filed last year. Rhodes was booked and released on bond.

He's a friend of former Multi-State Lottery Association technology manager Eddie Tipton, convicted last year for manipulating Iowa Hot Lotto computers. Prosecutors allege Rhodes helped Tipton attempt to redeem the winning ticket.

A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Rhodes' attorney.

Tipton is scheduled for trial in July on conspiracy charges for allegedly fixing other lottery games, including one in Wisconsin where Rhodes collected $780,000.