Iowa Lottery still hunting mystery Hot Lotto winner [video]
Includes video report
Iowa investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $14.3 million that spawned a bizarre, two-year fraud investigation.
Investigators want to learn the identity of a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt who purchased the lottery ticket at a QuikTrip near Interstate Highway 80 on Dec. 23, 2010, said Dave Jobes, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistant director, during a news conference Thursday. The ...
Oct 10, 2014, 8:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota couple claim $11.7M Hot Lotto jackpot
Generous couple gives store clerk college money
Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living. Her husband, Joe, is a retired turbine operator who still does some snowplowing at a nearby gas station. They live on a quiet 10 acres in northern Anoka County.
None of that is likely to change, the Bethel couple say, now that they're $11.71 million richer, thanks to a winning lottery ticket Joe bought at that gas station.
As the Meaths drove to Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Rosevilleon Monday mo ...
Sep 9, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
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confirmed his agency sought assistance from Canadian law enforcement early in the 18-month investigation into a withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
(See $14.3 million ...
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