States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery slaying now a 1st-degree case
A grand jury indicted Dorice Donegan Dee Dee Moore on Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death and disappearance of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Grand jurors returned a one-count indictment against Moore for premeditated murder. It accuses Moore of shooting Shakespeare between April 1 and April 13.
The next step is for Moore to enter a plea to the charge during an arraignment before Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet. That has yet to be scheduled.
Shakespeare was ...
Mar 12, 2010, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief tries to claim prize at same store
Police say a 22-year-old Winter Haven man walked into a Circle K last week and stole $70 worth of Florida Scratch-Off tickets then returned to the same store to cash a winning $50 ticket.
Now, Alen Nguyen is charged with one count of retail theft.
According to the Sheriff's Office, while the clerk was away from the counter, Nguyen stole about $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store at 5600 Cypress Gardens Blvd. The clerk called authorities when she noticed a discrepancy bet ...
Mar 8, 2010, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery seeks gambling expansion
While lawmakers in the state of Florida debate how to expand casino gambling, the Florida Lottery has expansion plans of their own. This past week, the Lottery published the details of what type of new options they are looking to offer.
Last year, the Lottery added 1,000 vending machines that sold their scratch off tickets. Now, the agency would like to add more of these machines. That would require legislative approval, and there could be resistance to new outlets.
The Office of Program P ...
Feb 6, 2010, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Mom of murdered lottery winner speaks
The mother of a murdered Florida Lottery winner is talking about her son's death. Investigators found the body of Abraham Shakespeare last week buried near a home in Plant City.
Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery jackpot in 2006, then disappeared last April.
On Tuesday, police charged 37-year-old Dee Dee Moore as an accessory to murder in the case. Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, doesn't understand why Moore would harm her son.
I would like to say, 'Why?' Because if she need ...
Feb 6, 2010, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Friend charged with hiding lottery winner's death
Just over a week ago, a friend of a missing Florida lottery winner approached an acquaintance with a chilling request, according to detectives: Dig up the body of the dead man in her backyard.
That woman, Dorice DeeDee Moore, was charged Tuesday with trying to conceal the slaying of the man who disappeared after winning millions. The dead man, Abraham Shakespeare, was last seen in April more than two years after he took a lump-sum payment of $17 million on a $30 million jackpot.
Moore has ...
Feb 3, 2010, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Remains are that of missing lottery winner
Cause of death not yet determined
A body found Thursday in Plant City is that of missing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare of Lakeland, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed yesterday.
The body was identified through fingerprints, said Debbie Carter, Hillsborough County Sheriff spokeswoman.
The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and we do not anticipate having a cause of death until Monday, she said. The detectives have completed the search at 58 ...
Jan 30, 2010, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Police: Fla. Lotto winner buried under concrete
Human remains found buried under recently added concrete at a home in Plant City, Florida, are likely those of missing lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare, police said Thursday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said the body was slowly being uncovered. They are awaiting positive identification.
However, Gee said their investigation and information specifically led them to the area after they began to believe he might be dead because of sinister means and motives.
Our indicati ...
Jan 28, 2010, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Investigators dig for evidence in missing Florida Lottery winner case
Investigators assembled at a Plant City, Fla., home, to look for evidence that the dramatic saga of a missing lottery winner ended in his murder.
Law enforcement officials from Hillsborough and Polk counties converged on two neighboring yards along Highway 60 near Farkas Road, just west of Turkey Creek Road.
Detectives with metal detectors are combing the scene, looking for evidence in connection with the case of long-missing lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
The dig marks yet another t ...
Jan 27, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida sheriff fears lottery winner murdered
A truck driver's assistant who won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 is feared dead after not being seen by friends or relatives since April. Abraham Lee Shakespeare, 43, was reported missing by a police informant in November.
There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide.
Donna Wood, public information officer for the Polk County Sher ...
Jan 6, 2010, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum