DES MOINES, IA -- An ex-lottery official in Iowa isn’t feeling so lucky after he was found guilty of fixing a computerized lottery game – right after he hit a $14 million jackpot!
Eddie Tipton was convicted on Monday on two counts of fraud by a jury.
According to prosecutors, the 52-year-old used a program called “Rootkit” to rig the game and win the jackpot.
They say he applied the program to a Hot Lotto drawing computer which then generated the winning numbers back in 2010.
Tipton then gave the ticket to a friend in Texas. That friend then contacted lawyers in Canada and Texas and tried to cash it in without giving away the identity of the person who originally bought the ticket.
Friends and family of Tipton were in disbelief following the verdict.
“I talk to my brother two or three times a week, that doesn't sound like him to me,” Steven Tipton, Tipton’s brother, said.
“As someone who's known him my whole life, it's very difficult to believe, that's Eddie Tipton,” college friend and former co-worker of Tipton, Ed Stefan, said.
Tipton is free on bond until his sentencing next month.
He faces up to ten years in prison.