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Iowa $16.5M Hot Lotto winner claims prize with two hours to spare

Hot LottoHot Lotto: Iowa $16.5M Hot Lotto winner claims prize with two hours to spare
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Updated Dec. 31, 2011, 8:04 am, to include press conference video

The winning ticket for a $16.5 million lottery jackpot was turned in Thursday less than two hours before it expired, the head of the Iowa Lottery said.

Lottery officials tried for months to urge the winner to come forward and claim the prize. Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Terry Rich said the reminders "worked as we had hoped, and brought in the winner just in time."

The identity of the Hot Lotto winner, and the story of why the winner waited so long to turn in the ticket, are still a mystery for now. Rich said the ticket was presented to the lottery Thursday by a representative of a Des Moines, Iowa, law firm on behalf of a trust.

"We look forward to learning the details we've all been wondering about these many months," Rich said. "Every winner's situation is different, and it's always fun to hear the story."

Until Thursday, all officials knew was that the $1 ticket was bought at a QuikTrip in Des Moines on Dec. 29, 2010. Odds of winning were 1 in 10.9 million, said Mary Neubauer, a spokeswoman for the state lottery.

The money will not be paid to the winner until the lottery can complete the standard security process for a jackpot win. Rich said additional security is now required because more than half the prize-claim period for the jackpot expired.

As the 4 p.m. Thursday deadline loomed, the Iowa Lottery received an increasing amount of calls, Neubauer said Wednesday night.

Some of the calls were from people who said they may have lost the ticket, or put it through a washing machine, she said. The callers are walked through a series of questions to determine whether they may indeed be the winner.

Other calls, she said, were from people who believe in the power of their own creativity. Once told they could not have been the winner, they would call back again and again, each time with a different story, she said.

The call from the law firm to claim the prize is not the first time a lawyer has come forward on behalf of a client about this jackpot, Rich said, but in none of the other cases did those involved have a winning ticket.

Another lottery winner wasn't so lucky earlier this week. Monday, a $77 million lottery ticket went unclaimed in Georgia.

If the Iowa prize had gone unclaimed, the money would have returned to the 15 lotteries that offer the game, in proportion to the percentage of sales that came from each state. Rich said Iowa would have gotten back about $1.3 million, which they would have put into the prize pools for future games.

The Iowa winner will pay 25% in federal taxes and 5% in state taxes, Neubauer said.

40qKyesnvhMThe winning ticket for that unclaimed Hot Lotto jackpot was turned in just in the nick of timeWith less than two hours to go before the big prize would expire, the winning ticket for the Hot Lotto jackpot won in December 2010 in Des Moines was turned in at the Iowa Lottery.https://img.youtube.com/vi/40qKyesnvhM/1.jpghttps://youtu.be/40qKyesnvhM

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Posted: December 30, 2011, 7:58 am - IP Logged

Gee why didn't they put it off for another 1 hour & 59 minutes????? Now that would have made for a real nail biter of a lottery story!  Lurking Scared Wink

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    Posted: December 30, 2011, 8:12 am - IP Logged

    Well, that's a great New Year's present for somebody and glad the $$$ isn't going back to the state. Something tells me this story's gonna be a real whopper, though. I hope the ticket was actually found at the last minute and not just held onto and intentionally turned in with hours to spare. If that's the case, can't wait to hear the reasoning on that one...Confused

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      Posted: December 30, 2011, 8:24 am - IP Logged

      Glad the winner/s came forward.................Congrats.............

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        Posted: December 30, 2011, 8:27 am - IP Logged

        i like to hear how this "person" ended up waiting to 2 hours left  to claim, wtf was happening  is anyone guest.

        good for players none the less, we have real winner and not states winning their own jackpot prize......

        No bees, no honey.

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          Posted: December 30, 2011, 8:41 am - IP Logged

          It does not matter when the prize was claimed. It just matters that it was claimed.

          Big bummer on that Georgia Lottery Powerball. What a waste of money. Lots of people out there (including me) with bills to pay. Hippy

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            Posted: December 30, 2011, 9:41 am - IP Logged

            Rumor has it that the winner is from New York state.

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              Posted: December 30, 2011, 9:44 am - IP Logged

              Congrats to the winners.

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              For a lead role in a cage?

               

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                Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:02 am - IP Logged

                Rumor has it that the winner is from New York state.

                I now hate NY...they are owning the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots this year.  Hoping for some change in 2012...that winds of lady luck will blow on Illinois and that Illinois have multiple Mega Millions and Powerball jackpot winners!

                Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                  Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                  I don't like this process that returns unclaimed jackpots to the states. It should be returned to the original jackpot it was taken from after the time period to claim it expires. Why do the states win it by default? They didn't buy all those tickets, the players did, and the money should remain in the jackpot so they still get an honest chance to win it. They put that money in there, not the states.


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

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                    Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:06 am - IP Logged

                    I don't like this process that returns unclaimed jackpots to the states. It should be returned to the original jackpot it was taken from after the time period to claim it expires. Why do the states win it by default? They didn't buy all those tickets, the players did, and the money should remain in the jackpot so they still get an honest chance to win it. They put that money in there, not the states.

                    I Agree!

                    100%

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                      Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:19 am - IP Logged

                      "In other news....longhaul trucker Johnny Come-lately turns in 77 million dollar powerball ticket 1 week after the deadline expires!" When asked why he waited so long Johnny said "I thought the expiration was Dec 31, 2011!"  Sad Cheers

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                        Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                        I don't like this process that returns unclaimed jackpots to the states. It should be returned to the original jackpot it was taken from after the time period to claim it expires. Why do the states win it by default? They didn't buy all those tickets, the players did, and the money should remain in the jackpot so they still get an honest chance to win it. They put that money in there, not the states.

                        I Agree!Rdgrnr your right on the money with that one, maybe we should lobby the lottery.PatriotThumbs Up OR better yet occupy it!

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                          Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:44 am - IP Logged

                          I Agree!Rdgrnr your right on the money with that one, maybe we should lobby the lottery.PatriotThumbs Up OR better yet occupy it!

                          Yes,  I also agree. The money should be returned to the players and not to the Lotto, I'm sure all the states are super happy for that extra income


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                            Posted: December 30, 2011, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                            "In other news....longhaul trucker Johnny Come-lately turns in 77 million dollar powerball ticket 1 week after the deadline expires!" When asked why he waited so long Johnny said "I thought the expiration was Dec 31, 2011!"  Sad Cheers

                                                                       No Pity!

                            Are you telling me this fellow will not get the winning after allSadCryingCrazy