Sister loses fight over $32M jackpot her brother split with barber
Sam Haddad did a happy dance outside the Ottawa courthouse Tuesday, minutes after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from his sister seeking millions from the $32 million lottery jackpot he and his longtime barber won five years ago.
Five years of hell is almost over. It's over! the 63-year-old Ottawa man cried, as a female relative ululated joyfully behind him. That's Lebanese yodelling, Haddad explained to bemused journalists.
Now we can enjoy our money, Haddad's wife, Denise, exclaimed. We'r ...
Nov 14, 2013, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
NJ $338 million Powerball winner and ex-girlfriend in court over money
If you expect part of a lottery winner's fortune because you've already shared a long personal and business relationship, always remember: Get it in writing.
That was the reluctant decision of a state judge Friday, who cited state law in refusing to freeze the assets of Pedro Quezada, the Clifton man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot last spring, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if his former live-in girlfriend is entitled to a share of the winnings.
Ines Sanchez and Qu ...
Nov 10, 2013, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania brothers still battling over $1M lottery ticket
A $1 million winning lottery ticket still has two Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, brothers fighting each other in court.
Ira Sharp is suing his half-brother, Charles Thomas Meehan, over what he claims is his half of the Hot Million scratch-off ticket purchased at Johnny Joe's bar and restaurant in Hampden Township in May.
(See Winning lottery ticket pits Pa. brothers against each other, Lottery Post, June 26, 2013.)
Sharp claims his brother not only owes him half of the $1 million from the ...
Oct 14, 2013, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Home returned to estate of slain Florida Lotto winner
A judge has ordered that an expensive home and other assets be returned to the estate of slain Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare and stripped from the woman convicted of killing him.
In a six-page order, Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance wrote that there was no evidence Dorice DeeDee Moore ever paid Shakespeare for his home on Red Hawk Bend Drive in Lakeland.
Shakespeare paid about $1 million for the Lakeland house when he bought it in 2007.
In addition, the judge order ...
Oct 4, 2013, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
7 years later, real winner awarded $5M lottery jackpot
Nearly seven years after a winning $5 million scratch-off lottery ticket was snatched from his hands, Robert Miles of Syracuse, New York, will finally get his money.
Lottery officials contacted the district attorney's office with the news today, according to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick. A source in the state lottery office confirmed that the ticket has been verified and the money will be issued to Mr. Miles in the very near future.
The winning ticket, a jackpot E ...
Aug 28, 2013, 5:41 pm - Lottery News forum
NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket
A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his rapacious greed.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office said Andy Ashkar, 35, of Camillus, was sentenced Tuesday morning to the maximum sentence of 8 years, 4 months to 25 years for having the ticket that was stolen from his parents' convenience store in Syracuse in Octo ...
Jul 23, 2013, 5:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Union fails to derail NJ Lottery's privatization effort
But union still trying to overturn on appeal
The Christie administration is allowed move forward with its plan to have a private firm to take over parts of the New Jersey lottery after a state appellate court denied a request by the state's largest public workers union to block the deal.
But the court said it will speed up the process of hearing the Communication Workers of America's appeal of the contract.
It's the latest development in an ongoing, partisan debate over the future of th ...
Jun 12, 2013, 11:22 pm - Lottery News forum
High court dismisses Arkansas lottery name lawsuit
A businessman who said he owns trademarks to the lottery's name can't sue the Arkansas Lottery Commission, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court reversed a lower court's decision and dismissed a lawsuit from Ed Dozier's company, Alpha Marketing, against the lottery commission. The court said the commission is a state entity entitled to sovereign immunity, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.
Because a judgment for Alpha would operate to control t ...
May 31, 2013, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission wants lawsuit dismissed
The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.
Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.
(See Arkansas Supreme Court hears arguments in lottery trademark suit, Lottery Post, Dec. 9, 2011.)
The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the ...
May 9, 2013, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
One brother convicted, one acquitted in $5M lottery trial
In a closely-watched trial in Syracuse, New York, a judge convicted one brother accused of stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket from a convenience store customer but threw out conspiracy charges against his brother.
Andy Ashkar, 35, was found guilty by Judge Joseph Fahey of criminal possession of stolen property. He was handcuffed and taken to jail immediately following the verdict.
His brother, Nayel, who was acquitted on charges of conspiracy, was free to leave.
Prosecutors sa ...
May 1, 2013, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum