Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
July 7, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Possible Fraudulent Claim of Scratch Ticket

STORM LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Enforcement Operations Bureau (SEOB) Agents are assisting Iowa Lottery Investigators in reviewing a possible fraudulent claim of a winning lottery ticket.

The winning ticket in one of the lottery’s instant-scratch games was presented at the Regional Lottery Office in Storm Lake on June 17, 2016. The $250,000 prize involved has not been paid.

This investigation is in cooperation with the Iowa Lottery and the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office.

This is an on-going investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

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

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