Lottery jackpot probe heats up after immunity deal
Investigators trying to unravel the mystery behind a bogus claim for a $14.3 million multi-state Hot Lotto jackpot won in Iowa in 2011 have received valuable information from a man in Canada who was granted limited immunity, state officials said Tuesday.
A month ago, investigators traveled to Canada to conduct an interview after reaching an agreement in which a person of interest was promised the information given would not be used against him, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistan ...
Oct 8, 2013, 11:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Inquiry in Iowa Lottery mystery touches Canada
Investigators seeking to unravel an attempted multimillion-dollar Iowa Lottery jackpot scheme have been in contact with Canadian authorities and are looking into people who may have been involved, an agent said Thursday.
Special Agent in Charge Patrick Townsend of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed his agency sought assistance from Canadian law enforcement early in the 18-month investigation into a withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
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Jul 26, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee to add Hot Lotto multi-state lottery game
Game will also see changes to number pool and prizes
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Tennessee Lottery players will be able to purchase tickets for Hot Lotto, a multi-state game currently played in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
Hot Lotto is a multi-state drawing-style game similar to Powerball and Mega Millions. The all-cash jackpots begin at $1 million and average between $5 million and $6 million.
Tickets cost $1 each, and a Sizzler option that triples all non-jackpot prizes cos ...
May 10, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
1 year later, Iowa Lottery still hunting for suspicious no-show winner
Iowa investigators are trying to track down the winner of a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot ticket after the person refused to be identified and was disqualified as a result.
Patrick Townsend, special-agent-in-charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said investigators remain unable to identify the person who bought the Hot Lotto ticket in December 2010 at a Des Moines gas station.
A New York lawyer claiming to represent the winning trust waited until minutes before the one ...
Jan 30, 2013, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas couple claims $9.43M Hot Lotto jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A couple in their 40s from Kansas City, Kansas, say they both like their jobs and will continue to work, even though they are the winners of a $9.43 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
The winners, who asked the Lottery not to disclose their identities, claimed the prize today at Lottery headquarters, after matching all numbers in the January 12 drawing.
The lucky numbers were 13-15-21-34-35 with Hot Ball number 4.
The winners purchased their lucky ticket at QuikTrip, located ...
Jan 18, 2013, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa officials trying to solve lotto mystery, may release surveillance video
Investigators in Iowa may release surveillance video of a person who purchased an unclaimed lottery ticket in hopes the public will see something that will help a criminal probe.
The investigation, which was launched after the Jan. 27 deadline to claim the $14 million Iowa Hot Lotto jackpot, includes a New York attorney who briefly tried to claim the prize but refused to answer officials' question about how he obtained the winning ticket.
There is some point in time when you open it up [t ...
Aug 19, 2012, 9:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery director: 50-50 that Hot Lotto mystery will be solved
Terry Rich would love to know the story behind the winner of a lottery jackpot walking away from a ticket valued at $7.5 million after taxes.
It's the only time we can find anywhere in world lottery history that somebody won a major jackpot and gave it up, Rich said Aug. 8.
Although there have been cases of people not claiming a jackpot because they lost their winning ticket, No one has ever claimed it, had the hoopla, and then said, 'OK, we don't want it. Bye,' Rich said.
However, Ric ...
Aug 9, 2012, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho man is state's first Hot Lotto jackpot winner
Plans to give portion to Wounded Warrior Project
Steve Colson found out Wednesday morning that he won $3.4 million in the Idaho Lottery's Hot Lotto game. His ticket matched all five numbers and the Hot Ball, making Colson the first jackpot winner in Idaho Lottery history.
Colson, a sixth generation Idahoan, is a retired U.S. Army veteran with 22 years of service, according to lottery officials.
Colson plans to take a one-time cash lump sum prize of $2.6 million. With the winnings, he pl ...
Jun 29, 2012, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner buys golf course
Recent lottery winner Wally Markham isn't just a member of his local country club he owns it.
Markham, 65, won the Iowa Lottery Hot Lotto jackpot in November, netting about $3.5 million after taxes. The retiree invested most of his winnings, but first set aside enough to buy the faltering La Porte City Country Club.
Markham was already a member of the country club and even volunteered there, mowing the greens and doing odd jobs.
It was going downhill, and they were financially in troub ...
May 14, 2012, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery to give away millions from jackpot mystery
Share of expired Powerball jackpot sold in Georgia also to be given away
A secret winner's loss will be some lucky Iowans' gain.
The Iowa Lottery announced plans Friday to give away $2 million in cash prizes, including a $1 million prize at the Iowa State Fair, with the state's share of a leftover jackpot that went unpaid after a New York lawyer refused to explain how he ended up with the winning ticket.
We're going to see if we can have better luck the second time around, Iowa Lottery ...
Feb 26, 2012, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum