January 28, 2012
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich speaks during a news conference at the Iowa Lottery headquarters, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Lottery denied payment of a mysterious jackpot claim after the New York lawyer who made it failed to provide key details by Friday, Jan. 27. Rich said Monday that Crawford Shaw had until 3 p.m. Friday to provide information to help the agency confirm whether the ticket was legally purchased and possessed.
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Criminal investigators looking into the suspicious circumstances behind a now-withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Iowa Lottery jackpot will have numerous layers of complexity to unravel, stretching from a wealthy New York suburb to Central America, observers said Friday.