Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
October 9, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Releases Surveillance Video, Asks for Public's Help


Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has released surveillance video of the person that purchased a multi-million dollar lottery ticket in December 2010. 

The DCI is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person in the video who purchased the lottery ticket on December 23, 2010, at the Quick Trip on East 14th Street, directly south of I-80, in Des Moines.

Hot Lotto Lottery Ticket Surveillance Video – For Posting on ALL Media Sites

Tip Sheet (Attached to Surveillance Video, also)

Transcription for Video

Hot Lotto Ticket Surveillance Video MPG File (For on-air purposes only)

Hot Lotto Ticket Surveillance Video WMV File (For on-air purposes only)

The Iowa DCI began its investigation in late 2011 after the Iowa Lottery received phone calls from a person claiming to be the original purchaser of the lottery ticket. This claim was taken more seriously than others because the individual provided the fifteen-digit security number printed on the lottery ticket.  This person did not, however, match the video surveillance evidence and subsequently admitted he was not the original ticket purchaser.  He later said he was representing another party that wished to remain anonymous and wanted to file a claim of ownership with the Lottery.

In late December 2011, the Iowa based Davis Brown Law Firm presented the winning lottery ticket to the Iowa Lottery.  The ownership claim was signed by Trustee Crawford Shaw, on behalf of Hexam Investments, a trust based in Belize.

In January of 2012, Crawford Shaw met with Iowa Lottery officials and stated he was unable to identify the owner of the lottery ticket and claimed he did not know the owner of the ticket. In late January 2012, Davis Brown withdrew the claim of ownership on behalf of Shaw.

Investigative information has been developed leading DCI Investigators to pursue additional leads in the Houston, Texas area. DCI Investigators continue to actively investigate this case and pursue leads as they develop, however the public’s assistance is requested in identifying the individual who purchased the ticket in December 2010.  DCI Agents would like to identify and speak with the purchaser of the ticket to further the investigation.  At this time, there is no indication that the ticket owner committed a crime. Anyone with information is urged to watch the surveillance video released and provide information through the tip sheet.

It is important to note that the deadline has passed to redeem the ticket for any prize.

Any further questions or to get access to unedited 1080p HD Video of the news conference, please contact Alex Murphy, DCI Spokesman, (515) 725-6189 or (515) 443-3014.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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