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Tipton granted delay in next trial until July

Dec 29, 2015, 6:24 pm

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A judge has delayed the trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in several states.

Former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton had been scheduled to stand trial Jan. 6 in Des Moines, Iowa.

But Tipton waived his right to a speedy trial last week, and his attorney asked for a delay. Judge Jeffrey Farrell last week reset the trial for July 18.

Tipton has pleaded not guilty to charges of ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering.

This is the second trial of Eddie Tipton, and it comes after officials discovered additional jackpots that may have been rigged by the former security official. (See Hot Lotto drawing cheat charged with rigging more jackpots, Lottery Post, Oct. 9, 2015.)

Prosecutors allege that he used his access to random number generators to fix jackpots in Colorado, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas, and worked with associates to play winning numbers and collect prizes.

A jury in July convicted Tipton of fraud for fixing a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot in Iowa.

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