Iowa agents receive tips after releasing video of mystery man buying winning lottery ticket

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa agents have received hundreds of tips since releasing video of a man buying a winning lottery ticket at the center of a fraud investigation.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said Monday that investigators are focusing on a dozen tips seen as credible.

Investigators released surveillance footage Thursday as they sought the public's help identifying the man seen buying two Hot Lotto tickets at a Des Moines gas station in December 2010. One of them had the winning numbers for a $14.3 million jackpot.

A New York lawyer attempted to claim the prize a year later, saying he was representing a winner who wanted to remain anonymous. The Iowa Lottery refused to pay after he wouldn't identify the winner or explain the ticket's chain of custody.

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