DES MOINES, Iowa – A former lottery computer administrator of Iowa and a friend from Texas have been charged in Wisconsin with extortion and theft by fraud.
Eddie Tipton of Iowa, and Robert Rhodes of Texas charged by the state attorney-general in documents filed Thursday. Tipton also faced with four counts of computer crime.
The documents claim Tipton, who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa, changed to computer data, so that he could pick a winning number from the Dec. 29, 2007, Wisconsin Megabucks game.
A state investigator says Rhodes confessed to the scheme, explaining that Tipton recruited him to help win jackpots and gave him a series of numbers to play, one of which won the $783,257 jackpot Rhodes said they split.
Tipton and Rhodes also face charges in Iowa for a conspiracy to fix the lottery games in five states, including Wisconsin.