Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Iowa Legislators Happy With How Mystery Hot Lotto Jackpot Claim Was Handled

Iowa state legislators said they were pleased with how lottery officials handled the mystery "Hot Lotto" jackpot claim last week.

Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, expressed this sentiment after lottery officials walked members of the Legislature’s Oversight Committee through a 13-month saga.

A Hot Lotto ticket valued at up to $16.5 million matched the grand-prize numbers drawn on Dec. 29, 2010. The claim was submitted 2 hours before the deadline by a New York-based lawyer who said that he was representing an investment trust in Belize.

When asked to reveal the identity of the winners or forfeit the claim, the lawyer chose to withdraw their claim for the million dollar prize and kissed the winning ticket away.

Source: The Gazette.com

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