"Lucky Larry" may have a shot to win millions more — this time from a jury.
A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a
$9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
filed his lawsuit in 2016 after an investigation revealed that lottery contractor Eddie Tipton rigged the previous $16.5 million jackpot, bought the winning ticket himself and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim it.
Dawson's lawsuit against the Multi-State Lottery Association and the Iowa Lottery contends the $16.5 million should have carried over to the jackpot that he won under Hot Lotto's rules.
Judge Carla Schemmel ruled earlier this month that the association and the lottery are not immune from liability under state law. She says that a "full hearing of this matter" is required to sort out the complex case.
The case is set for trial Dec. 2.
Timeline of the biggest crime in US lottery history
The following is a compilation of Lottery Post news coverage chronicling the Hot Lotto mystery and subsequently discovered crime.
We start the timeline with a news story indicating that only 3 months remained for the $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot to be claimed.
2011 2012 Iowa Lottery security chief bent on determining identity of jackpot winner, Jan. 10, 2012 NY lawyer in lottery mystery travels to Iowa this week, Jan. 17, 2012 Iowa Lottery security chief to grill NY lawyer over Hot Lotto ticket, Jan. 17, 2012 Representative of Hot Lotto winner named in lawsuit, Jan. 20, 2012 Hot Lotto trust representative won't name winner, Jan. 20, 2012 Iowa Lottery threatens to deny jackpot payout if winner stays anonymous, Jan. 23, 2012 Lawyer gives up $14 million Iowa lottery ticket claim, Jan. 26, 2012 $14.3 million Hot Lotto prize claim withdrawn, Jan. 27, 2012 Iowa Legislators satisfied with Lottery's handling of mystery jackpot winner, Feb. 1, 2012 Iowa Lottery to give away millions from jackpot mystery, Feb. 26, 2012 Iowa Lottery director: 50-50 that Hot Lotto mystery will be solved, Aug. 9, 2012 Iowa officials trying to solve lotto mystery, may release surveillance video, Aug. 19, 2012 2013 2014 2015 MUSL employee arrested in Hot Lotto jackpot mystery, Jan. 15, 2015 BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing, Apr. 13, 2015 Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition, Apr. 20, 2015 Extradition trial begins this week in $16.5M Hot Lotto fraud case, Jun. 7, 2015 Inside the biggest lottery scam ever, Jul. 7, 2015 Trial underway in world's biggest lottery fraud case, Jul. 14, 2015 Lottery security chief: Rigging computerized game "sadly" possible, Jul. 15, 2015 Prosecution rests in Hot Lotto trial, Jul. 16, 2015 Defense quickly wraps up in Hot Lotto trial, Jul. 16, 2015 Hot Lotto case moves to jury for deliberations, Jul. 17, 2015 Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing, Jul. 20, 2015 MUSL security worker who rigged drawing gets 10 years, Sep. 9, 2015 HOT LOTTO DRAWING CHEAT CHARGED WITH RIGGING MORE JACKPOTS, Oct. 9, 2015 Texas authorities had previously investigated brother of lottery cheat, Oct. 14, 2015 Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say, Nov. 21, 2015 Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries, Dec. 18, 2015 Prosecutors say Tipton rigged two jackpots he purchased tickets for in Kansas, Dec. 21, 2015 Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme, Dec. 23, 2015 S.C. Lottery assures public no computerized drawings used in state, Dec. 23, 2015 Kansas lottery players questioning game's integrity, Dec. 23, 2015 MUSL CHIEF OUSTED OVER JACKPOT-RIGGING SCANDAL, Dec. 23, 2015 Lottery scandal unlikely to affect New Mexico, official says, Dec. 26, 2015 Tipton granted delay in next trial until July, Dec. 29, 2015 2016 Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich to answer lottery player questions live Monday evening, Jan. 11, 2016 First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions, Feb. 4, 2016 MUSL seeks to dismiss lawsuit over rigged jackpot, Apr. 1, 2016 Lottery scammer's brother facing criminal charges, Apr. 6, 2016 Investigators find Tipton's software code to rig computerized lottery drawings, Apr. 7, 2016 Lottery rigging scandal prompts security audit in South Dakota, Apr. 13, 2016 Preliminary hearing rescheduled for Tommy Tipton in lottery rigging case, Apr. 22, 2016 Third suspect surrenders in national lottery rigging scandal, Apr. 28, 2016 Lottery scam investigation comes to Tennessee, May 11, 2016 Investigators find another friend of Tipton who cashed rigged lottery prize, May 11, 2016 Convicted computerized drawing fraudster argues Iowa court appeal, Jun. 16, 2016 US Senate panel demands info in lottery scandal, Jun. 22, 2016 Lottery rigging trial to be moved out of Des Moines, Jun. 27, 2016 Eddie Tipton's new trial delayed until 2017, Jul. 1, 2016 Iowa court reverses part of Tipton's lottery fraud conviction, Jul. 28, 2016 Internal investigation concludes Tipton acted alone to rig lottery drawings, Aug. 10, 2016 Prosecutors say 2 more men may be linked to lottery riggings, Aug. 24, 2016 Judge: winner's lawsuit in lottery-fixing case can continue, Oct. 13, 2016 Alleged lottery scandal conspirator to enter new plea, Nov. 14, 2016 Accused lottery rigger Eddie Tipton facing new Wisconsin charges, Dec. 22, 2016 2017 Man files lawsuit over rigged lottery jackpots, Jan. 4, 2017 Trials for Tipton brothers charged in lottery scandal delayed, Jan. 8, 2017 Former MUSL official received severance amid lottery jackpot scandal, Jan. 10, 2017 Texas man pleads guilty to fraud in lottery scandal case, Jan. 11, 2017 Iowa Supreme Court hears lottery rigging case, Feb. 14, 2017 Kansas files lawsuit against accused lottery rigger, Mar. 16, 2017 Best friend to testify against Tipton at July lottery rigging trial, Mar. 31, 2017 Mastermind of lottery fraud will explain how he rigged jackpots, Jun. 12, 2017 FBI missed rigged jackpot in 2006 before lottery scheme grew, Jun. 19, 2017 The 5 lottery jackpots Tipton and his friends stole, Jun. 20, 2017 Lottery jackpot rigger's Iowa convictions dismissed, Jun. 23, 2017 IT'S OFFICIAL: Tipton pleads guilty to rigging computerized lottery drawings, Jun. 29, 2017 Lottery rigging accomplice used Wisconsin payout for offshore tax scam, Jul. 6, 2017 Hot Lotto multi-state lottery game to end in October, Aug. 9, 2017 Lottery rigging mastermind sentenced to 25 years in prison, Aug. 22, 2017 Winner sues Colorado Lottery 12 years after rigged drawing, Oct. 5, 2017 2018 Lottery scammer rigged more drawings than first thought, records show, Feb. 19, 2018 How a gaming geek with a checkered past pulled off the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history, Mar. 16, 2018 Infamous lottery scammer says US computerized lottery drawings remain fatally flawed, Mar. 19, 2018 Iowa Lottery wins International Gaming-Compliance award for work in lottery rigging investigation, Apr. 19, 2018 The man who cracked the lottery, May 3, 2018 Memo: Iowa Lottery kept selling games after security warning, Aug. 1, 2018 Investigation finds lottery scamming Tipton brothers have repaid virtually nothing, Dec. 27, 2018 2019 (Click to display full-size in gallery) Larry Dawson and his wife claim the $9 million prize, worth $6 million in cash, from the Hot Lotto jackpot he won in 2010. Dawson is suing the lottery, alleging a jackpot rigging scheme shortchanged him.