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Wisconsin officials file charges in the lottery adoption scheme

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.

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