Investigators Consider Criminal Probe Into Jackpot Claim

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Investigators looking into a mysterious Iowa Lottery jackpot claim plan to consider whether to launch a criminal probe.

Dave Button, who leads the Division of Criminal Investigation's gaming bureau, says his agency will meet Monday with the Iowa Lottery and the Iowa attorney general's office.

He says DCI plans to review information related to the winning Hot Lotto ticket and ask, "has there been a crime committed or a crime attempted to be committed?" Button says the agency will decide afterward whether to get involved.

The ticket worth at least $7.5 million cash was turned in Dec. 29, minutes before the one-year deadline. A New York lawyer who signed the ticket for a trust has refused to say how he ended up with it and who would get the proceeds.

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