Additional Charges Filed in Ongoing Lottery InvestigationWritten by Theresa Rose on October 10, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa – Based on information developed in the ongoing investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed additional charges in the ongoing major lottery investigation. Edward Tipton turned himself in to authorities on October 9, 2015, and is charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Iowa Code 99G.36(2), 706A.1, 706A.2(4), and 706A.4. Tipton has bonded out of the Polk County Jail. His bond was set at $25,000.
In September, Edward “Eddie” Tipton was found guilty of tampering with lottery equipment and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Subsequent to his conviction, a tip was received alleging others associated with Eddie Tipton may have collected a jackpot in Colorado. This information was confirmed through a thorough investigation, which also found a collected jackpot in Wisconsin involving those associated with Eddie Tipton.
This investigation, conducted by Agents of the DCI in cooperation with Iowa Lottery Security officials, revealed that within the last several years, acquaintances and a family member of Eddie Tipton have purchased and collected winnings through “manual play” lottery tickets. In manual play games the purchaser picks the numbers they wish to play. The winning numbers for these games are generated by random number generators (RNGs). As was determined in the Hot Lotto investigation, these RNG computers were built at MUSL by MUSL staff, including former MUSL employee Eddie Tipton. These winning manual play tickets were purchased in Colorado and Wisconsin.
November 23, 2005 Colorado LOTTO drawing
$4.8 million jackpot
$568,990 payout, claimed by a friend of Eddie Tipton’s brother, Tommy Tipton, at Tommy’s request
December 29, 2007 Megabucks Lotto drawing
$2 million jackpot
$783,257.12 payout claimed Delta S Holdings, LLC, owned by Robert Rhodes, Eddie Tipton’s best friend currently facing charges in relation to the 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto Ticket.
“The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Lottery, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office continue our commitment to maintaining the integrity of Iowa’s Lottery. This is an ongoing investigation and officials will continue to work on the case, coordinating with other jurisdictions and agencies as necessary, to run out any and all leads,” said Jim Saunders, Director of DPS Investigative Operations.
As part of the ongoing investigation, we are seeking the public’s help. This is now a nationwide investigation that seeks to identify instances where individuals may have taken advantage of personal relationships to perpetrate fraud against a lottery game. We are asking anyone who is aware of someone claiming a lottery prize on behalf of another person to please let us know by taking this survey.
If you are unable to take the survey, please let us know of any tips at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 725-6010.
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