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New arrest made in Hot Lotto investigation

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - A Texas man is in custody in connection with the Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation.

Robert Clark Rhodes II is charged with two counts of fraud, which are felonies.

Rhodes is currently being held in a Texas jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond, and is awaiting extradition proceedings to bring him back to Iowa.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich released the following statement regarding the arrest:

“We're gratified to see continued developments in this investigation and to know that law enforcement's thorough review is getting us closer to answers in one of the strangest situations in the history of lotteries.

 

Court records in this case indicate a connection between the Texas man arrested Friday night and the Iowa man charged in this case back in January.     

 

It was the right thing for our lottery to refuse to pay this jackpot prize unless or until basic security questions about it could be answered – and they never were. There will always be people who try to beat the system. We have and will continue to update our security procedures as we identify vulnerabilities to protect against them.”

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