Lottery employee illegally played Hot Lotto

Lottery employees are not allowed to buy tickets. Eddie Raymond Tipton however, ignored the ban and purchased Hot Lotto tickets in 2010. One of those entres hit a $16.5 million jackpot, which Tipton tried to claim through a lawyer.

Anonymous claim

Eddie Raymond TiptonIowa authorities have arrested the 51-year-old as lottery employees are not allowed to purchase tickets or win prizes. One year after buying the winning Hot Lotto ticket, Tipton asked an attorney to claim the $16.5 million jackpot anonymously. The Division of Criminal Investigation launched a probe into the suspicious claim.

Strange lotto case

After a three-year investigation, officers arrested the Norwalk resident. Tipton faces two charges of fraud and he has been bailed for $10,000 at the Polk County Jail. According to Terry Rich, chief executive officer for the Iowa Lottery, it is definitely a bizarre case. The Iowa Lottery refused to award the cash prize, and the money was added to the Hot Lotto’s prize pot.
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