Contact Us

Iowa Lottery Winner Finally Materializes to Claim $16.5 Million After Year-Long Delay

lotterytickets
Insulinde, Flickr

On Monday, the deadline passed for an unknown $77 million lottery winner in Georgia to claim the prize. Unbelievable as that may have been, officials in Iowa had a similar situation — days before the deadline, a Hot Lotto ticket worth $16.5 million was still unaccounted for.

But no more. In a squeaker of epic proportions, an attorney for the unnamed winner stepped forward with the valuable little slip of paper on Thursday, just two hours before it would’ve been worthless.

Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Terry Rich said while he doesn’t yet know the reason for the year-long delay, he’s anxious to find out more. “We look forward to learning the details we’ve all been wondering about these many months,” he said. “Every winner’s situation is different, and it’s always fun to hear the story.”

The winner will of course have to jump through a series of security hoops, but even assuming he or she can do so, they won’t pocket the entire prize — 25 percent will go to Uncle Sam, and Iowa state taxes will eat up another five percent.

Still, not a bad return on a $1 investment.

[CNN]

More from AM 1450

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kmmsam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1450 KMMS quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on AM 1450 KMMS quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!