Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has filed fraud charges against a former lottery vendor employee in connection with a long-running investigation into a winning $10.8m Hot Lotto ticket which has been unclaimed for more than four years.

In December 2010, a man bought a Hot Lotto ticket at a convenience store in Des Moines, which went on to win the multi-million dollar jackpot in the Hot Lotto drawing on December 29th of that year. For nearly a year, the prize went unclaimed.

With less than two hours to go before the prize would have expired on December 29th 2011, the winning ticket was presented by lawyers on behalf of a New York investment trust that had been established to benefit a corporation in the country of Belize. 

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