Investigators Waiting on Subpoenaed Documents in Hot Lotto Mystery

By James Q. Lynch, Reporter

A group know as "The Shipping 20" claimed the $241 Million Powerball Jackpot. It is a group of 20 co-workers from the shipping department at a Quaker Oats Co, a Cereal Manufacturer in Cedar Rapids. This is the largest lottery prize won to date in Iowa. Cedar Rapids co-workers claim the 241 million Powerball jackpot from the Iowa lottery office Wednesday morning. They road to Des Moines in a charter bus and cheer rang out as soon as the ticket was verified. June 20, 2012. (Andrea Melendez/The Des Moines Register)


By Liz Blood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Iowa investigators continue to follow leads in the case of a $7.5 million Hot Lotto that was drawn nearly two years ago.

The ticket, valued at $7.5 million after taxes, was drawn by the Iowa Lottery Dec. 29, 2010, but the prize has never been awarded.

A New York attorney acting on behalf of a Belize-based investment trust filed paperwork for the prize less than two hours before the jackpot was slated to expire a year ago. However, the claim was withdrawn after Lottery officials said they would not pay the money unless their questions were answered.

The case remains under investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

A DCI agent said the agency is following up on a number of legal documents that have been subpoenaed. It is waiting for some from out of state, he said.

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