Hot Lotto case goes before Iowa Supreme Court

Hot Lotto case goes before Iowa Supreme Court


MORROW IS ALSO FACING THEFT AND FRAUD CHARGES IN THIS CASE. STEVE: NEW TONIGHT, IOWA’S HOT LOTTO CASE GOES BEFORE THE STATE SUPREME COURT. EDDIE TIPTON IS A FORMER LOTTERY SECURITY OFFICIAL CONVICTED OF TRYING TO FIX THE HOT LOTTO GAME. KCCI’S STEFFANI NOLTE WAS AT TONIGHT’S HEARING. AND STEFFANI, WHAT HAPPENED? STEFFANI TONIGHT, THEY APPEALED — THEY REVIEWED A PREVIOUS DECISION BY AN APPEALS COURT. OVER THE SUMMER, THE COURT OF APPEALS OVERTURNED TIPTON’S FRAUD CONVICTION BUT, THEY UPHELD THE CONVICTION RELATED TO TIPTON’S TAMPERING OF LOTTERY COMPUTERS. TONIGHT, STATE’S HIGH COURT HEARD FROM TIPTON’S ATTORNEY. HE SAYS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT.>>THERE IS ABSOLUTELY ZERO EVIDENCE THAT ANYTHING ABOUT THESE COMPUTERS THAT PICK THE NUMBERS, OR THE COMPUTER, ONE THE TWO, WAS IN ANY WAY TOUCHED OR TAMPERED WITH IN SOME WAY TO ALTER OR CHANGE ITS FUNCTIONALITY FOR THE DECEMBER 29, 2010 DRAW.>>THIS REMARKABLE COINCIDENCE THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE PLACE HIM IN BUYING THE TICKET, CONCEALING HIS IDENTITY, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS AFTERWARDS. STEFFANI THEY ASKED WHY THEY WAITED THREE YEARS TO PUBLICLY RELEASE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM THE GAS STATION WHERE THE WINNING LOTTERY TICKET WAS PURCHASED WHEN THEY KNEW SOMETHING HAPPENED.>>THEY HAD LEADS UPON LEADS UPON LEADS, ALL THE WHILE, EVEN THOUGH THE TIME TO ACTUALLY GET THE PRIZE HAD ELAPSED, PEOPLE WERE STILL CALLING IN WITH THEIR CLAIMS ASSERTING THEY HAD PURCHASED THE TICKET. EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NOTHING TO GAIN FROM IT, IT DIDN’T STOP PEOPLE FROM DOING THAT. KEEPING THE VIDEO SECRET WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF WEEDING