This photo provided by Fadi Alberre shows the Marietta Liquors & Deli in Menifee, Calif., Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Fadi Alberre via AP)
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FBI missed rigged jackpot in 2006 before scheme grewInvestigators were suspicious in 2006 when they heard that a rural Texas judge was trying to exchange $450,000 in consecutively marked bills. The FBI didn't uncover one fact that its informant knew but didn't see as significant: that Tipton's brother, Eddie Tipton, was a lottery industry employee.The $4.5 million Colorado jackpot in late 2005 is the first prize suspected of being fixed.Three came forward with winning tickets: Alexander Hicks, a friend of Tommy Tipton's whom he recruited to claim the prize in exchange for 10 percent; Texas lawyer Thad Whisenant, representing a newly formed Nevada limited liability corporation called Cuestion de Suerte; and a Colorado resident.Hicks took the $568,900 cash option, returning 90 percent to Tommy Tipton.The FBI closed the matter after interviewing Tommy Tipton, Hicks and the lottery.Whisenant and Vallejo haven't been charged.
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