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Iowa Lottery officials are still working to determine who bought a winning Hot Lotto ticket more than a year and half ago. 

In December of 2010, someone purchased the winning ticket, worth $14 million, at a metro Quick Trip. 

Hours before the prize expired, a New York attorney said he represented the buyer in a trust. He would never disclose the winner, the lottery refused to pay and the attorney withdrew the claim.

Now, lottery officials may release video of the person originally buying the ticket.  

“To aid in the investigation to just try to get to the bottom of that whole strange situation and find out what was really going on. I mean we would like to know, but we think everyone would like to know. It was such a strange and unusual situation,” says Mary Neubauer with the Iowa Lottery.

Part of the unclaimed jackpot, and money from other unclaimed prizes, was used as prize money for the lottery’s summer Mystery Millionaire game.

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