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
Woman sentenced to life in prison for slaying of lottery winner
A 23-year-old woman has been convicted of helping kidnap her lottery-winning brother-in-law and then executing the man, who was also her lover, with a shot to the head.
Victoria Jackson was sentenced to life in prison immediately after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the July 2005 slaying of Jeffrey Dampier, an Illinois lottery winner turned Florida popcorn entrepreneur who was married to Jackson's sister.
Prosecutors said Jackson and boyfriend Nathaniel Jackson, ...
Sep 22, 2006, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Obituary: Richard Paulson, 62, Washington Lottery Spokesman
In his 13 years as spokesman for Washington's state lottery, Richard Paulson met a lot of newly minted millionaires.
If he ever felt a stab of envy, he didn't let it show.
I cannot honestly remember, in all the years I knew him, ever not seeing a smile on his face, said his longtime friend and associate Scott Janzen.
One of Mr. Paulson's duties as public-relations manager was to prep winners to meet the media. A trucker who scored $14 million said he intended to keep his job because h ...
Apr 17, 2006, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaire Bud Post dies
William J. Bud Post, the Venango County man who won millions in the Pennsylvania Lottery and then endured a fortune's worth of troubles, has died.Post, 66, of 249 Grant St., Franklin, died Sunday morning at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.Post became a local celebrity and later gained nationwide notoriety after winning $16.2 million in the lottery in 1988. An extravagant spending spree followed, then Post's life began to unravel.His sixth wife moved out on him, his brother was convicted of trying to ...
Jan 17, 2006, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Woman killed moments after winning lottery prize
A Raynham, Massachusetts, woman was stuck and killed by an SUV earlier this week, just moments after winning a $100 lottery prize.Alice Costa carried a book of prayers in her head some for the sick, others for luck. She had one for just about every occasion.Without fail, the 74-year-old Raynham woman put the welfare of others before her own, family members said yesterday. But her guilty pleasure, which family members said she indulged almost every day, was playing the lottery.Tuesday evening, ...
Nov 28, 2005, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum
For lottery winners, trouble followed fortune
They won $65.4 million in the lottery, quit their jobs and bought big houses.Five years later, Virginia Metcalf Merida and Mack Metcalf are dead. Merida's son discovered her body inside her 5,000-square-foot home overlooking the Ohio River in suburban Cincinnati on Wednesday. Merida, 51, may have been dead for days, according to the Campbell County, Ky., Police Department, which is awaiting autopsy results.Campbell County Police Detective David Halfhill told The Cincinnati Post that there were n ...
Nov 28, 2005, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum