Officials offer video of mystery lottery winner in Iowa; seek public's help in identifying him


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DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities trying to figure out who bought an unclaimed multimillion-dollar lottery ticket in 2010 in Iowa have released video of the mystery person in the hopes of finally identifying him.

The video released Thursday by the state Division of Criminal Investigation shows a hooded man at a Des Moines gas station buying a Hot Lotto ticket that later won a $14.3 million prize.

A New York lawyer in 2011 waited minutes before the one-year deadline to try to claim the ticket. He signed it on behalf of a newly created trust and said he didn't know the winner's name.

Lottery officials refused to pay the jackpot and the lawyer withdrew the claim. Since then, officials have been trying to find the mystery man.

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