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
7 state lotteries join forces for multi-state raffle
Tickets on sale Sept. 8
by Todd Northrop
Seven United States lotteries will offer a first-of-its-kind multi-state raffle that goes on sale in about a week.
Called the Multi-state Millions Raffle (and possibly other names in the participating states), it's guaranteed to hand out $1 million prizes just how many depends on how many of the $10 tickets are sold in the participating states.
All of the lotteries are looking for new ideas and new games and new things to do to generate reven ...
Aug 30, 2013, 4:34 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confirmed his agency sought assistance from Canadian law enforcement early in the 18-month investigation into a withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot.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
Iowa woman tries to cash stolen lottery tickets
A Des Moines, Iowa, woman tried to cash voided Iowa Lottery tickets she stole while working at a company hired to shred old tickets, police said.
Chandi Kelly Ramirez, 38, was charged with forgery of a lottery ticket.
Ramirez worked at International Paper, which has a document destruction and recycling division in Des Moines, police reports show.
An Iowa Lottery employee told police International Paper employees picked up a large quantity of lottery tickets from their warehouse on March ...
Apr 19, 2013, 9:45 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
Iowan gets probation for stealing lottery tickets
A former Kanawha, Iowa, convenience store worker has been given a deferred judgment after stealing lottery tickets from her employer.
Kimberly M. Bates, 40, Kanawha, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a Class D felony, in Hancock County District Court. Bates must serve three years probation and pay $1,039 in victim restitution.
If the Iowa Department of Corrections deems it appropriate, she must also undergo mental health treatment.
An additional charge of lottery forgery or fraud w ...
Oct 24, 2012, 8:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa couple claims $202.1M Powerball jackpot
A Bondurant, Iowa, couple claimed a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, becoming the second-biggest lottery winners in Iowa history.
Mary and Brian Lohse said they had done their homework in advance by meeting with financial planners and had some very specific plans for the future as they claimed their big prize.
Mary Lohse, 42, a certified medical assistant at the pediatric clinic at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, said that the way the couple explained their win to their three ch ...
Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
$202M Powerball ticket sold at suburban Des Moines convenience store
A winning $202 million Powerball ticket was purchased at an Iowa convenience store in the suburban Des Moines city of Bondurant, but nobody had claimed it by midday Thursday.
Iowa lottery officials encourage people to consult with an attorney or financial planner before stepping forward, so some delay in naming a winner isn't surprising.
This amount, $200 million, is a life-changing amount of money, and we want to make sure the winner is prepared for what will come, Iowa Lottery spokeswom ...
Sep 27, 2012, 8:01 pm - 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