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Hot Lotto scammer sentenced to 25 years

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A multi-state, million dollar lotto scam that started in Iowa nearly a decade ago came to a close Tuesday.

Eddie Tipton plead guilty to charges of scheming that involved seven Hot Lotto tickets in five states.

 "Well, I certainly regret my actions," said Tipton during his sentencing.

Tipton admitted to using his position as a computer programmer with the Multistate Lottery Association to rig the Hot Lotto game to select his winning numbers.

Then along with his brother and friend, Tipton bought the winning numbers in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.

But it was this surveillance video of Tipton buying the 2010 Iowa lottery ticket at a Des Moines area convenience store that eventually led investigators to uncover the scheme.

After years of court proceedings, Tipton took a guilty plea and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

"It is difficult to even say that, with all the people I know behind me, that I hurt. I regret it. I am sorry," said Tipton.

After the court proceedings, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand said he was pleased with the outcome.

"When you are an insider that abuses your position of trust and privilege, you should expect to see the inside of a jail cell. We are glad the judge agreed and found it appropriate to send Mr. Tipton to jail," said Sand.

According to CNN, Tipton also agreed to pay $2.2 million in restitution to the state lotteries involved in his scam.

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