Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in the lottery scandal case

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million.

Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in Des Moines in the courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will seek two years of probation.

Rhodes says he helped Her try to cash of $16.5 million in 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto ticket, but suspicious officials never paid.

Rhodes agreed to testify against Tipton and his brother Tommy Tipton. They are charged in Iowa for tinkering with computers to create lottery numbers predictable in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin games. They are denying the accusations.

Rhodes says he’ll also plead guilty in Wisconsin, where he’ll likely get six months in prison and a requirement to repay $391,500, the half of a 2007 Megabucks jackpot.

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