Nine sentenced to federal prison in lottery scam
Nine people were sentenced Thursday to serve federal prison time and pay restitution for a bogus lottery scam that targeted elderly victims across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles.
In the scam, the victims would be notified that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes, but needed to pay fees or taxes in advance to receive their winnings, according to federal officials.
There were 18 people indicted in the case and three others were sentenced previou ...
Apr 5, 2015, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia woman accused of scheme to steal lottery winnings
A Georgia woman has been indicted in Missouri on charges that stole nearly half a million dollars in lottery winnings from a 60-year-old victim.
Freya Pearson, 41, of Georgia and formerly of Kansas City, Mo., was charged last month in a nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, according to Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri.
The indictment, according to Ledford, alleges that Pearson convinced her victi ...
Nov 12, 2014, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain
Includes video report
Imagine you go to a casino to play blackjack. You find a table, sit down and buy some chips. Gambling has few barriers to entry.
After awhile, you notice: For some reason, all of the cards higher than 9 are marked. Because of some slight imperfection in the deck, you can tell whether a card is an ace, king, queen, jack or ten before it's turned over. Because of a manufacturer's mistake, you have a huge advantage over the house. And the dealer doesn't notice.
You de ...
Oct 9, 2014, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaican DJ to plead guilty in lottery scam
A prominent Jamaican disc jockey charged for his role in a lottery scam targeting older people in the Dakotas and elsewhere is scheduled to plead guilty.
Deon-ville O'Hara, also known as ZJ Wah Wa, is among 26 people who were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Dakota, where the investigation is centered. He is charged with three counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering.
A plea agreement filed last month calls for O'Hara to plead guilty to conspiracy, which carr ...
Oct 8, 2014, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together.
After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.
Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.
Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas.
The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said.
The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules boss must give waiter half of $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win
A restaurant boss in England was ordered yesterday to split a disputed 1 million (US$1.7 million) lottery payout with one of his waiters who claimed he dreamed they would win a fortune together.
Judge Mark Gosnell told Hayati Kucukkoylu he must hand 500,000 of the EuroMillions prize to Fatih Ozcan.
The High Court heard Ozcan was so convinced they would win he pestered Kucukkoylu into buying tickets with him, sharing the stake and jointly choosing the lottery numbers.
But when the waiter ...
Jul 15, 2014, 9:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ court rules against union's effort to stop state lottery privatization
A state appeals court last week ruled against a public workers union in its effort to stop New Jersey from privatizing parts of the state lottery.
Despite months of objections from Democratic lawmakers and union leaders, the state announced last June that it signed a 15-year contract for a private company, Northstar New Jersey, to manage the sales and marketing branches of the lottery. Gov. Chris Christie's administration said the move will bring New Jersey a surge in revenue.
But the Comm ...
Jul 8, 2014, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
$2 million Hoosier Lottery winner has to give ex-wife $50,000
A man who won $2 million in the Hoosier Lottery while separated from his wife has to give her only 2.5 percent of the winnings, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
The decision upholds a 2012 Allen Superior Court ruling in which Jose De Jesus Carrillo Perez was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Maria Guadalupe Vidrios Zepeda, $10,000 each year for five years from the money he won on a scratch-off ticket in 2011.
The couple married in February 2002. They separated in March 2006, but nei ...
Apr 24, 2014, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Widow and daughter will split estate of poisoned $1 million lotto winner
The estate of a Chicago man who was poisoned to death right after he won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket will be split between his widow and his daughter from a previous marriage, ending a fight in court.
The settlement was confirmed Thursday by a lawyer for the widow. The widow and daughter agreed not to sue each other for wrongful death unless a criminal investigation yields new information.
A medical examiner ruled in March that the lottery winner, Urooj Khan, was killed by c ...
Dec 13, 2013, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum