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Trial delayed for lottery employee accused of Hot Lotto fraud

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DES MOINES (AP) -

As the fraud trial for a former lottery worker accused of fixing the Hot Lotto game in an attempt to win a $14 million jackpot is delayed, lottery officials say they've heightened security as a result of the case.

Eddie Tipton of Norwalk faces two counts of fraud. His defense attorney sought a delay Monday just before jury selection began saying new prosecution witnesses and evidence requires more time to prepare.

Judge Jeffrey Farrell set a new trial date for July 13.

Tipton was director of information security for the Des Moines area-based Multi-State Lottery Association. Prosecutors allege he altered computers that randomly draw numbers for the game, a claim he denies.

Iowa lottery officials say they've increased security and the association has replaced equipment used for Hot Lotto drawings.

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