The legal dispute is over between managers of the national “Hot Lotto” game and the Iowa man who argued that because an insider rigged a previous jackpot, his $9 million prize should have been bigger.
A trial was scheduled for next Monday in Des Moines, but the Multi-State Lottery Association and Larry Dawson of Webster City reached a confidential settlement this month. The association released a statement, saying the group and its insurance carrier decided to settle the case to avoid the costs of extended litigation.
Dawson won a $9 million “Hot Lotto” jackpot in 2011. Former Multi-state Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton is serving time in prison for rigging the previous jackpot. Dawson claimed in his lawsuit that the $16.5 million in that jackpot should have carried over and been paid out to him.
The Hot Lotto game ended in October of 2017.
(By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)