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Computer expert who scammed Kansas lottery ordered to pay state $125,000

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An Iowa man who used his computer expertise to rig lottery games in several states has been ordered to pay the state of Kansas more than $125,000.

Eddie Raymond Tipton, a former information technology supervisor for the Multi-State Lottery Association, is serving a prison sentence in Iowa for manipulating computers to fraudulently win more than $2 million in lottery prizes in several states.

Kansas officials filed a civil action against Tipton for a kick-back scheme he concocted with two other people in 2010.

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Eddie Tipton Iowa Department of Corrections

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said Tipton bought two lottery tickets, in Overland Park and Emporia, which turned out to be winners because Tipton had manipulated the lottery association’s computer software.

He got two other people to submit the tickets, which paid out $44,000. They in turn paid a kick-back to Tipton.

A judge in Shawnee County District Court ordered Tipton to pay the state back a total of $125,422 in damages and civil penalties.

The two other people involved in the scheme were previously ordered to pay a little over $16,000.

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