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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nearly four years after a Hot Lotto ticket worth over $16 million dollars was purchased from an east side Quick Trip in December 2010, investigators are still trying to figure out who bought it.

Thursday, DCI investigators released surveillance video of the transaction for the first time.

Just hours before the prize claim time limit expired a year later, an attorney claiming to represent the winner came forward with the winning ticket. However, the attorney couldn't identify the winner or answer questions about the transaction, and Iowa Lottery officials cried foul.

The jackpot can no longer be claimed, but investigators say there are reasons to keep this investigation open.

"A fraud was perpetrated when someone tried to present the ticket fradulently. From what we know, they didn't have a lawful claim to that jackpot and tried to claim it anyway. The other reason to pursuit is we don't know what happened to the original ticket purchaser,” said Dave Jobes, Assistant Director of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

DCI says the statute of limitation for fraud is running out in this case.

To view the surveillance video, visit the link below. DCI has set up an online survey asking for information about the man who purchased the ticket.

It’s unknown whether this man is from Iowa or from out of state.

 

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