Lawsuit filed in Iowa for lottery rigging

A class action lawsuit was filed against the Multi-State Lottery Association Tuesday over jackpots that were rigged by a former employee in Des Moines, Iowa.

As reported by WHO-TV, two  law firms filed the lawsuit in Polk County Court on behalf of those who played the rigged games, across the country, between 2005 and 2013.

The lawsuit stems from the discovery that a former employee of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Eddie Tipton, rigged the software on computers that were supposed to randomly pick the winning numbers in several lottery games. Tipton use the software to predict what numbers would be drawn so he, family and friends could purchase winning tickets.

Tipton was convicted in 2015 of two counts of fraud in the case, but the Iowa Court of Appeals later threw out one of the convictions. He faces similar charges in other states.

The lawsuit states that Dale Culler of Burlington, Iowa, bought $45 in tickets for the Hot Lotto drawing in 2010 when it was discovered that Tipton bought the winning ticket and tried to claim the prize through other people.

Attorney Jerry Crawford, who is representing Culler, said the lottery association committed fraud when it allowed tickets to be sold for rigged lottery games. Because of that, people like Dale Culler who purchased tickets never had actually had a chance to win.

There is no word on if or when the lawsuit would be brought to trial.