First in a series investigating the integrity of Iowa’s lottery system.

State officials never tried to reclaim the $25,000 Iowa Lottery ticket win Jackie “Jack” Hatler Jr. illegally passed to his girlfriend in 2015.

And they never came after Natasha Nieman’s $30,000 win after she was convicted of felony lottery fraud that same year for doing something similar.

Both are recent examples of Iowa Lottery winners who got to keep their cash despite being convicted of fraud or theft. And they’re not the only ones.