In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Eddie Tipton leaves the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, after his sentencing. PHOTO: AP/Charlie Neibergall.
Tipton had bought the winning ticket for himself and then tried to claim the jackpot prize using associates.
But the Iowa lottery refused to pay out the prize until the identity of the ticket buyer was revealed, and eventually Tipton’s lawyer gave up the case.. The money went unclaimed.
Dawson, a financial planner of Webster City, claims that the $16.5 million should have carried over to the jackpot he won. He said had the jackpot not been rigged, he should have won a prize worth $25.5 million in total.
So he filed a lawsuit for the larger amount. Judge Carla Schemmel ruled that the lottery was not immune from liability and the case will go to jury trial December 2, 2019.