Extradition contested by Texas Man charged in Iowa lottery case

IOWA CITY:- A lottery security official was helped in claiming a jackpot of $14 million which was rigged, by a Texas businessman. The businessman is now out of jail and is fighting an extradition Iowa.

On April 9 after posting a bond Robert Rhodes, 46 a Texas citizen left a county jail. The bond was posted three weeks after his arrest on two charges of fraud, according to court records. He is now likely to contest his extradition to Iowa during a hearing in May 7 and in the meantime is under electronic monitoring.

The charges that he was working with Eddie Tipton of Norwalk who is 52 years old and his friend to claim a fixed Hot Lotto jackpot. Tipton was director of security for the Multi-state Lottery Association, group that operates Powerball, Hot Lotto and other games for state lotteries and is based in Iowa.

Prosecutors say that Tipton manipulated the winning combination of the jackpot using a malicious software that he inserted into a computer that ran a random number generator for Hot Lotto, allowing him to manipulate the combination needed to win the jackpot. When he bought tickets at the Des Moines gas station the following month, he requested numbers that would become winners. He had used a rental car that he then used to drive to his home of Texas. The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are one in 29 million.

Tipton has denied the allegations and has said that he did not buy the ticket. He is facing two charges of fraud.

Investigators cited phone records and said that there were “frequent, lenghty” calls between Tipton and Rhodes, and they spoke on the day of the purchase for more than an hour . Rhodes who had employed Tipton at his Housto… MORE

Market
17,826.30
-279.47 (-1.54%)
48.68
-1.12 (-2.26%)
2,081.18
-23.81 (-1.13%)
Weather
blank
US Locations:
International Locations:  
Omaha, NE
accuweather adv logo
Current Conditions
curIcon
52°F
RealFeel®: 48°F
Humidity: 80%
Dew Point: 46°F
Cloud Cover: 100%
Visibility: 10 Miles
AccuWeather.com 5-Day Forecast
Sunday
HI: 58°F
LO: 39°F
Monday
02
HI: 61°F
LO: 34°F
Tuesday
01
HI: 63°F
LO: 35°F
Wednesday
01
HI: 59°F
LO: 35°F
Thursday
dayImg
HI: 59°F
LO: 37°F
AccuWeather.com Map Center
State Radar
thumb160
Enlarge | Loop
Local Radar
KOMA Radar Enlarge | Loop
State Satellite
thumb160
Enlarge | Loop
More from AccuWeather.com...
AccuWeather.com Video

hosted video
video icon National Forecast
AccuWeather.com Winter Center
Get the latest winter weather news from the source you trust - the AccuWeather.com Winter Center
AccuWeather.com Severe Weather
Are you under the gun for severe weather? When is that storm going to impact your town? Find out at the AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center. Check out the severe weather risk in your area, view current watches and warnings and read severe weather discussions written by our highly trained meteorologists! Click here to view severe weather in your area.

HEADLINES

SEATTLE CEO CUTS HIS PAY SO EVERY WORKER EARNS $70,000

SEATTLE(AP):- A Seattle CEO who announced that he’s giving himself a pay cut so that the cost of big raises for his employees can be covered made those customers happy and gained new customers too. A customer relations manager at a credit...MORE

Bike ride in Omaha to raise for cataract surgeries.

OMAHA, Neb(AP):- A bicycle ride will be held late this month to raise money for cataract surgeries to fight blindness in the developing world. The sponsor is the University of Nebraska. The ride is to be held on April 25. It will start at...MORE

New York Attorney General Questions Work Practices of 13 Retailers

New York’s Attorney General is launching an inquiry into the practices of thirteen retailers on whether they will require workers to remain on call for short notice shifts and pay for less than 4 hours when the employees report for work, a practice...MORE

Concerns Surface in Nebraska about free-trade pact

Labor leaders in Nebraska have grave doubts about the free trade agreement between the U.S and 11 nations saying they believe that it would lead to job losses and companies seek lower costs in developing nations. “We are very concerned based upto the results...MORE

 
appdevempire

SPORTS

Forward Sam Dekker scored 17 points to lead Wisconsin past Oregon 72-65 to advance to the Sweet 16.
Wisconsin eliminates Oregon in round of 32 again to advance to Sweet 16

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) - West Region's No. 1 Wisconsin survived a closely contested game Sunday topping No. 8 Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Badgers eliminated the Ducks in the same round...MORE

 

Politics

First frost expected next week for much of US, Canada

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) - West Region's No. 1 Wisconsin survived a closely contested game Sunday topping No. 8 Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Badgers eliminated the Ducks in the same round...MORE

 

Business

Flag_of_Yemen_(WFB_2004)
France, US and U.K close their embassies in Yemen

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) - West Region's No. 1 Wisconsin survived a closely contested game Sunday topping No. 8 Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Badgers eliminated the Ducks in the same round...MORE

 

Entertainment

Once Upon A Time spoilers revealed, Emma might be bad

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) - West Region's No. 1 Wisconsin survived a closely contested game Sunday topping No. 8 Oregon to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Badgers eliminated the Ducks in the same round...MORE