Transcript for Investigation of Alleged Lotto Fixing Scam Widens
Tonight, a nationwide investigation involving the lottery. The scheme started with one insider convicted of fixing the Numbers in Iowa. Now, it's believed it extended to dozens of states. Tonight, the new leads they're chasing down. Here's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: It's the lottery scam prosecutors say took a game of chance, and removed the "Chance." If you match all five Numbers and the hot ball, you win the jackpot. Reporter: Eddie Tipton, a former security director at the multistate lottery association, is accused of hacking computers so they'd pick his winning Numbers. Prosecutors say Tipton asked people he knew, including his brother, to help collect jackpots in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Those three together totaled about $8 million. Reporter: Investigators say they're now scrutinizing games in as many as 37 states and territories. We're looking into any jackpots that could be associated with Eddie Tipton across the country. Reporter: In September, Tipton was convicted of scamming the Iowa lottery. Prosecutors say this surveillance video shows him in disguise buying a ticket that won $16.5 million. We, the jury, find the defendant, Edward Tipton, guilty of fraud. Reporter: Tipton is appealing. But he still faces trial in Iowa on the multistate allegations. His attorney says, "There has been no evidence Mr. Tipton did anything to tamper with any of the computers." In the meantime, lottery officials are beefing up security -- Each of us have a unique six-digit code to get inside this room. Reporter: -- Hoping to convince the public that games worth $20 billion in state revenue can be trusted. If people don't trust the honesty of the system, the participation in the lottery is going to dwindle and be jeopardized. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver. Thank you.
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