A man pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of ongoing criminal conduct after admitting to collecting millions of dollars by rigging the winning numbers of several U.S jackpots. The mastermind, 54-year-old Eddie Tipton, helped write the computer codes behind several lotteries from 2003 until 2015.
Tipton explained to Judge Brad McCall in a Des Moines courtroom:
"I wrote software that included code that allowed me to understand or technically predict winning numbers, and I gave those numbers to other individuals who then won the lottery and shared the winnings with me."
The other individuals included Tipton's brother, Tommy and a friend, Robert Rhodes.