Ex-lottery official Eddie Tipton, that is suspected of repairing lottery draws in at the very least four more states beyond the fraud perpetrated in Iowa.
A probe into lottery fixing in america escalated this week as authorities expanded their investigation nationwide, fearing that an worker that is ex-lottery of fixing the Iowa draw may have pulled the trick all across the country.
Eddie Tipton, 52, the director that is former of security at the Multi-State Lottery Corporation, was sentenced to a decade in prison in September for rigging the Iowa Hot Lotto game in an attempt to claim a $14 million prize.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Tipton installed a hack that is self-destructing to make sure the random quantity generator used in the draw on December 29, 2010 picked his numbers.
He also tampered with surveillance cameras so his installing the software could not be detected.
An attempt ended up being initially made to claim the prize by way of a man that is canadian Philip Johnson, who reported he was too sick to collect the funds in person, but the claim was turned down because Johnson was unable to verify he ended up being the dog owner of the ticket.
Johnson phoned days that are again several stating that the ticket was, in fact, owned by an individual who wanted to remain anonymous. The Iowa lottery once more rejected the claim in the grounds that the rules forbade anonymous payouts.