Tipton pleads guilty to rigging computerized lottery drawings Lottery Post · June 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm The cyber security expert and brainpower behind a lottery rigging scandal that netted $2 million in illegal winnings from five state lotteries pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct charge. For the first time in an Iowa courtroom, Eddie Tipton admitted to playing a central role in the rigging scheme after more than two years of adamant denials in the face of mounting evidence against him. Pursuant a plea agreement, Tipton, 54, now faces spending up to 25 years in prison for using his insider access to manipulate computers that performed drawings for Hot Lotto and other games that he targeted in Iowa, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Colorado and Kansas. When a computer selects the winning lottery numbers, it is termed a “computerized drawing”. The other type of lottery drawings, which are not capable of being manipulated in this manner, are the kind with real lottery balls drawn from a spinning or agitated drum.