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Summary of Story from CBS News: (DES MOINES, Iowa) — It is too late to collect on the $14.3 million Iowa Lotto ticket, but the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation is still trying to determine who owned the ticket that was claimed and then abandoned to make sure no one was killed or blackmailed, officials told ABC News.

The ticket was purchased in December 2010 at a Des Moines, Iowa, gas station, but a claim for it only emerged nearly a year later, just hours before the deadline to claim the jackpot expired.

It was claimed by Crawford Shaw, 77, of Bedford, N.Y., who said he represented a trust that owned the ticket.  He sent the ticket via FedEx to a law firm in Des Moines whose attorneys tried to collect on Shaw’s behalf.

When Iowa officials challenged Shaw’s ownership, he abandoned the claim and the ticket became worthless because the deadline to collect the winnings had passed.

Nevertheless, the probe into who was the owner of the bonanza continues.


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