Texas Man Turns Himself In for Lottery Scheme

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Texas man charged in connection with a lottery rigging scheme has turned himself in at the Polk County Jail.

Robert Rhodes was originally charged with two counts of fraud back in March of 2015. He is accused of being part of a group, led by former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton, which rigged winning numbers in order to collect jackpots in some games.

Rhodes was booked Thursday morning on a charge of lottery ticket theft or forgery. He has since posted bond and been released.

Officials say Rhodes contacted a friend in Canada to attempt to claim a HotLotto jackpot worth $16 million. Eddie Tipton was convicted back in July of 2015 of two counts of fraud in the case. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Investigators have since linked him, and his brother Tommy Tipton, to other tainted jackpots in multiple states. Tommy Tipton was charged with ongoing criminal conduct in the investigation in April.

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