Heartbreak: Lottery scam led to NJ grandmother's suicide
A Jamaica-based lottery scam promising a $2.5 million windfall cost Ann Mowle her entire life savings of $248,000 before the 72-year-old grandmother from Monroe decided she had enough.
Mowle donated her clothes to charity, left her beloved toy poodle Molly at a dog groomers and drove to Spring Lake on Oct. 31. A pair of fishermen found her body on the edge of a jetty at the Worthington Avenue beach the next day. Investigators determined Mowle's death was a suicide.
Mowle's family blames ...
Nov 12, 2007, 11:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Cops say co-worker killed Lotto winner
A burly Orange County, Florida, tree trimmer won $10,000 last month and some are saying it may have cost him his life.
Employees found their crew boss dead on the floor with empty pockets Monday morning at Gator Tree Experts near West Fairbanks Avenue.
Suspicions quickly focused on Dwayne Ricardo Smith, a missing co-worker with a history of violent crimes, according to Orange County sheriff's reports.
Within hours, Smith's best friend began telling detectives about a night that began wi ...
Jul 11, 2007, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Police foil alleged plot to kidnap lottery winners
Police in Montreal say they've foiled a bizarre extortion and murder plot apparently aimed at a couple who pocketed a $27 million lottery jackpot last month.
An 18-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested Monday afternoon in a Montreal neighbourhood and arraigned yesterday for conspiracy to abduct, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.
Edwin Scarlotte Mata Lima, who arrived in Canada four months ago, is alleged to have planned the murder of Zenovij Pacholuk and Dolores Coffey, winner ...
Jun 20, 2007, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Winner Succumbs to Cancer
A man who won $1 million in the lottery shortly after finding out he had terminal cancer has died.
Wayne Schenk died Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse, according to the Baird-Moore Funeral Home. He was 51.
He is in a better place now. He was starting to suffer, and we didn't want that, friend Nick Pascazi told The Daily Messenger of Canandaigua.
On Jan. 12, Schenk won $1 million playing a $5 scratch-off ticket in the New York State Lottery's High Stakes Blackj ...
Apr 25, 2007, 2:53 am - Lottery News forum
Cancer claims life of man who exposed Ontario Lottery retailer fraud
The man whose legal battle with Ontario Lottery and Gaming brought about an investigation and wholesale changes to the Crown corporation lost his fight with cancer Monday.
Bob Edmonds, from the central Ontario town of Coboconk, died in hospital at age 83. His son, Bob Edmonds Jr., said his father's struggle began years ago and grew more acute as the cancer spread.
The cancer spread from the bowel to his liver and pancreas and eventually claimed his life, Edmonds said in an interview.
Apr 3, 2007, 12:36 am - Lottery News forum
State Mourns Passing of Illinois Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams
Celebrated for leading agency to largest sales and profit figures in Lottery history
Carolyn Adams, 44, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery since May 2003, passed away Monday morning in Chicago following a private struggle with breast cancer.
As head of the Illinois Lottery, Adams played a key role in increasing the Lottery's contribution to education. During her tenure, Adams was instrumental in overhauling the Lottery's product portfolio, introducing new games and drawings, improving ...
Mar 27, 2007, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum
Widow recounts slaying of CT Lottery chief in new book
Delaware native Denise Brown has always enjoyed writing, but becoming a published author has been a bittersweet journey for the 47-year-old.
Although she's glad that her memoir, The Unspeakable, is available to readers, she would've preferred that there had never been a need to write it.
That's because her memoir, released last month by the University of Delaware Press, is about the minutes, hours, days and years following the violent death of her husband, Otho R. Ott Brown in 1998.
Feb 13, 2007, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Man with terminal illness wins 20-year annuity lottery jackpot
In December, Wayne Schenk was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. A month later, he was a millionaire.
The 50-year-old tavern owner from Naples, New York, won a million dollars in a New York state lottery scratch-off game.
But the Marine Corps veteran doesn't expect to be around to collect all his winnings. To do that, he would have to live 20 years. His doctors have given him a year to live, at most.
Under lottery rules for the High Stakes Blackjack game he won on January 12, the jack ...
Feb 1, 2007, 6:50 pm - Lottery News forum
$208M Lottery Winner Dies At Age 43
The Michigan man who won a $208 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot with his wife in April 2005 has died, police and a family spokesman said.
But after less than a year of incredible wealth taking home a $124.7-million lump-sum payment Ralph Stebbins has died at age 43.
Ralph Stebbins died Saturday at his home in Arcadia Township near Lapeer, Sheriff's Sgt. Andy Engster told the Times Herald of Port Huron. Kolt said that, to his knowledge, Stebbins did not have a history of heart pro ...
Dec 28, 2006, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Allen, N.C. lottery champion, dies
State Rep. Bernard Allen, who co-sponsored legislation to create North Carolina's lottery and then pushed for a committee to make sure the proceeds were wisely spent, died late Friday, a House aide said Saturday.
Allen, D-Wake, appeared to have been recovering well from a mild stroke Sept. 23. But a blood clot entered his lung Friday night, killing him instantly, according to House administrative clerk Carmen Cauthen.
He was 69 years old.
Rep. Allen was a tireless advocate for his cons ...
Oct 18, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum