Lottery Provides Update Regarding Jackpot-Winning Hot Lotto Ticket; In-Person Meeting With Trust Reps Still Anticipated
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Lottery provided the
following updates Thursday regarding the on-going claim
process for the jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket presented
just before it would have expired Dec. 29:
- The winning ticket has been validated, but the prize-claim
process as a whole continues.
- A review by Lottery Security at the time the ticket was
presented confirmed that it is the valid jackpot-winning
ticket purchased in Des Moines in December 2010.
- The winner has 60 days to decide whether to claim the
prize as cash or annuity. However, if the winner or winners
have not made the choice by 4 p.m. on Feb. 27, the prize
automatically becomes an annuity that will be paid in 25
- The ticket was signed by only one person: Crawford Shaw as
the trustee for Hexam Investments Trust.
- The Lottery continues to look into the many reports it has
received from individuals who each allege that the
jackpot-winning ticket was stolen from them. This case
serves as an important reminder to sign your lottery tickets
so they are identified as belonging to you. Here's a new
catch phrase: Buy the ticket, sign the ticket!
- Hexam Investments Trust owns the ticket. The members of
the trust have yet to be identified and we do not yet know
what information we will learn about them. Crawford Shaw has
stated that he is the trustee, but is not a prize winner.
- Crawford Shaw has been quoted in the media as stating that
he would provide further details this week here in Iowa, but
a specific meeting has not yet been set with the lottery.
Mr. Shaw has indicated he will come to Iowa soon.
- The prize has not yet been paid but the lottery
anticipates it will be paid once the determination can be
made that the ticket was legally purchased, legally
possessed and legally presented.
- The Lost Property and Bearer Instrument laws are being
reviewed for clarification.
- A situation like this is unprecedented in the lottery's
26-year history, so we do not know how long it will take to
be resolved. We're just as curious as everyone else to learn
the details so the prize can be paid.
The jackpot-winning ticket from the Hot Lotto drawing on
Dec. 29, 2010, was presented at Iowa Lottery headquarters in
Des Moines with less than two hours to go before it would
The ticket was presented by two lawyers from the Davis,
Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts law firm in Des Moines on
behalf of Hexam Investments Trust, with Crawford Shaw of
Bedford, N.Y., as the trustee. No representative of the
trust was present.
The Iowa Lottery has been contacted by multiple people who
each allege that the winning ticket was stolen from them.
The Iowa Lottery continues to look into all of the claims.