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Mastermind of lottery fraud faces 25-year prison sentence

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton, who admitted to masterminding a scheme to rig lottery games that paid him and others $2 million from seven fixed jackpots in five states, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

For a decade, the computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his colleagues, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular lottery games in the U.S.

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