Justice has been served after Eddie Tipton, former Iowa lottery employee, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Eddie was found guilty of fixing lottery draws in four states in a bid to make himself rich.
After many arduous months of legal proceedings back and forth, a judge has given the verdict on the Tipton case. Eddie, a 54-year-old ex-employee of the Iowa lottery, admitted to rigging the lottery draws earlier this year. The draws that Eddie fixed were the Colorado Lotto draw in 2005, Hot Lotto draws in Iowa and also one in Oklahoma. Lottery officials in Iowa became suspicious when there was an attempt made to claim a $14 million winning Iowa lottery ticket in 2010.
When the judge asked him what he had to say about the offence, Eddie said without remorse, “I regret my actions and I’m sorry for the people I hurt.” His unconvincing and blatantly obvious lack of sincerity made the judge deliver a harsh and deserving term of 25 years on Eddie.
On the other hand, Eddie might not have to serve his whole sentence. He might only serve 5 years depending on how the Iowa Board of Parole view his case. “I think when you’re an insider who abuses your position of trust and privilege you should expect to see the inside of a jail cell,” said Iowa Assistant Attorney general, Rob Sand.
Here’s how Eddie fixed the draws: He installed a USB with a code into the computers, only allowing specific numbers to be chosen. He would then give these numbers to his brother Tommy and long-time friend Robert Rhodes who cashed in the big win. They all split the winnings equally.
Tommy Tipton was told to serve a 75-day jail sentence for theft, whereas Rhodes was sentenced to two years of probation and six months of home confinement.
Eddie’s attorney asked the Judge to give his client probation in Iowa. He argued that Eddie was being treated unfairly and more harshly than others who have been involved in the same scheme in the past.
When Eddie gave his plea, he also admitted to theft by fraud and faces another charge over a computer crime in Wisconsin. That sentence will also be carried out same time in Iowa. Eddie has also agreed to pay back $2.2 million to the four states he rigged the lottery games in. He doesn’t know how he’s going to do that, though. Eddie hopes to study ministry and get a job in that field after being released from prison.
The judge closed off the sentencing with, “Hopefully you’re going to get rid of that greed ad gain a little more common sense during your prison stay.”
Such a pity. If only Eddie had decided to play the lottery normally. Wins have happened to many people before and they can happen at anytime, anywhere! It takes perseverance and dedication until you find yourself a lottery winner. You just have to stay in the game and keep thinking positively! Your day will come like it came for so many other lucky winners.