Lotto Winner In Hot Water Over Hacking Allegations
In December 2010, Eddie Raymond Tipton’s life changed for the better when he won $14.3 million dollars in the Iowa lottery. His life may now change again for the worse if Iowa prosecutors have anything to say about it. They allege that Tipton, the former Iowa lottery-information secretary, hacked into the secure computer responsible for randomly generating the state’s lottery numbers. The prosecution claims that he used a USB stick to collect and store all of the data containing winning numbers and used it to purchase a winning ticket. Tipton then had a friend claim the winnings for him, allegedly to keep from arousing any suspicion. He has been officially charged with two counts of fraud, punishable by a $7500 fine and up to five years in prison, and is awaiting trial.