Mass. Lottery knew about exploited game's flaws for years, IG says
Massachusetts State Lottery officials knew for years that a small group of gambling syndicates had virtually taken over a game called Cash WinFall winning most of the prizes during high payoff periods but did nothing about it until the local media began investigating, according to state Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan.
Sullivan's report details the way a handful of math and science wizards, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates looking for an interesting school ...
Jul 31, 2012, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Legislators satisfied with Lottery's handling of mystery jackpot winner
State lawmakers gave Iowa Lottery officials high marks Tuesday for the way they handled the mysterious circumstances surrounding a winning Hot Lotto jackpot that went unclaimed when attorneys representing a trust that turned in a valid ticket withdrew a claim for the multimillion-dollar prize last week.
That's the damndest thing I've every heard of, Sen. Tom Courtney, D-Burlington, said after lottery officials walked members of the Legislature's Oversight Committee through a 13-month saga th ...
Feb 1, 2012, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
$14.3 million Hot Lotto prize claim withdrawn
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Someone really doesn't want to be a multimillionaire.
Crawford Shaw, the enigmatic 76-year-old New York attorney who represented a trust attempting to claim a Hot Lotto jackpot worth as much as $14.3 million, abruptly withdrew any claim to the money Thursday evening.
Apparently even Shaw doesn't know the identity of the person or persons behind Hexham Investments Trust, the group that sought the prize. Shaw told Iowa Lottery officials that the trust was a corporati ...
Jan 27, 2012, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Lawyer gives up $14 million Iowa lottery ticket claim
Strangest winner story ever? Lawyer sacrifices $14 million jackpot to prevent lottery from learning the winner's identity
The New York lawyer who tried to redeem a multi-million dollar lottery ticket in Iowa last month only to have his claim called into question by officials demanding to know who he represented is giving up the quest for the jackpot.
Crawford Shaw, 76, said on Thursday he was withdrawing his claim to a Hot Lotto ticket worth up to $14.3 million because I'm not going to arg ...
Jan 26, 2012, 8:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery threatens to deny jackpot payout if winner stays anonymous
Unprecidented move by lottery may include criminal investigation
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Iowa Lottery officials have set a 3 p.m. Friday deadline for the mystery winner of a multi-million dollar Hot Lotto jackpot to reveal themselves or their claim on the prize will be denied.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich talks about the Friday deadline for an unclaimed Hot Lotto jackpot during a press conference Monday afternoon. (Rodney White/The Register)
The mysterious winner or ...
Jan 23, 2012, 10:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Hot Lotto trust representative won't name winner
Iowa Lottery investigators may not recommend paying out jackpot
An Iowa Lottery spokeswoman says a New York attorney behind the jackpot mystery didn't answer key questions during their meeting Tuesday.
She said Shaw also refused to identify members of Hexam Investments Trust, which would get the proceeds and is being represented by Shaw as its trustee.
Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said Thursday Crawford Shaw declined to reveal who bought the winning ticket and how he got it. She sa ...
Jan 20, 2012, 12:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Representative of Hot Lotto winner named in lawsuit
The case of the most mysterious jackpot winner in the history of the Iowa Lottery got even more convoluted Thursday.
The attorney who represents a trust attempting to claim a multimillion-dollar Hot Lotto jackpot faces legal troubles in Delaware, court documents show.
Crawford Shaw, who is trying to claim a jackpot worth much as $14.2 million on behalf of his client, Hexam Investments Trust, is being sued over his involvement in a now-bankrupt company called Industrial Enterprises of Ameri ...
Jan 20, 2012, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery security chief to grill NY lawyer over Hot Lotto ticket
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Meetings to take 'several days'
The Iowa Lottery's security chief says it will likely take several...days of face-to-face meetings with a New York attorney and others to get all the questions answered about a winning Hot Lotto ticket.
The ticket was sent via FedEx to a Des Moines law firm and turned in at Iowa Lottery headquarters just hours before the deadline.
Steve Bogle, the vice president of security at the Iowa Lottery, says he needs to determine the chain ...
Jan 17, 2012, 1:37 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lawyer in lottery mystery travels to Iowa this week
A New York attorney who signed a winning Lottery ticket turned in minutes before the deadline says he'll be in Iowa this week to explain the mysterious circumstances behind the jackpot.
Crawford Shaw said he expected to arrive in Iowa on Monday night and spend a few days meeting with his lawyers and Iowa Lottery officials. He says he hopes to get everything straightened out.
Shaw is representing a trust that turned in the winning Hot Lotto ticket on Dec. 29 less than two hours before the ...
Jan 17, 2012, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery security chief bent on determining identity of jackpot winner
The mystery began on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Time: 3:24 p.m. Scene: a QuikTrip, 4801 N.E. 14th St., near Interstate Highway 35/80 in Des Moines.
Somebody bought a Hot Lotto ticket there. Six days later, the ticket turned into a $16.5 million winner. Then the ticket went unclaimed for 364 days, 22 hours and 10 minutes.
At 2:10 p.m. on Dec. 29, two attorneys from the prominent Des Moines firm Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors Roberts PC presented the ticket, one hour and 50 minutes before it was t ...
Jan 10, 2012, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum